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Meinergy partners with Huawei for 1 GW/500 MWh of solar power and storage

GHANA – Meinergy, a Ghana-based solar project developer has signed a partnership deal with Huawei Digital Power Technologies to build a 1GW solar plant and 500MWh of storage at an unspecified location in Ghana

Under the terms of the deal, Huawei will supply storage systems for the project while Meinergy will be responsible for the development and construction of the facility.

The installation should be backed up by a 500 MWh storage system, with the aim of enabling the entire facility to continue supplying electricity after sunset or in bad weather.

According to the two partners, this mega-project aims to meet the growing demand for electricity, diversify the energy mix and accelerate Ghana’s economic development.

The Ghanaian government has set itself the goal of accelerating the deployment of renewable energy.

Accra wants to increase the share of clean energy in its electricity mix to 10% by 2030.

With an installed capacity of 5,326 MW, Ghana relies on several sources for its electricity production, including gas, hydro, and diesel.

In addition to diversifying the electricity mix, such a project would enable Ghana to produce more affordable electricity for its people and economy.

Huawei Digital Power and Meinergy have collaborated on previous clean energy projects in Ghana, including utility-scale PV, PV, hydropower hybrids, residential PV, and energy storage.

The pair expect to collaborate further on projects in Africa including PV and storage plants, data centers, and cloud computing.

Meinergy has vigorously expanded its renewable energy business in Ghana and other countries in Africa to provide stable green power for local communities and bridge the electric power divide,” said Huawei in a statement.

The construction of the 1 GW solar plant will support Ghana’s energy policy. The West African country already has 63 MW of installed solar capacity, according to Power Africa.

In addition to its already installed power-producing units, the country has new projects are in the pipeline.

Bui Power Authority (BPA), the body responsible for managing the 400 MW Bui hydroelectric dam, announced a few months ago the construction of eight solar power plants with a combined capacity of 259 MW.

BPA already operates a 5 MWp floating solar power plant in the reservoir of the Bui hydroelectric dam.

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