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Dr. Ampofo calls for new building code


By: Fred Yaw Sarpong, Daily Express

Dr. Kwame Ampofo, the Chairman of the Energy Commission is calling for a new Building Code in the country to compel every estate developer or Ghanaians to create avenue for Solar Energy.

“This is to make sure those new buildings or estate developers will create a space for self energy generation. This must be compulsory to everyone in this country,” he told Daily Express.

The Part XVII of National Building Regulations talks about Light and Electrical Installations and it states that building must have natural light or daylighting, light to habitable rooms, etc., light to kitchen and bathroom, electrical facilities, exterior lighting, lighting outlets, lights in stairway, garages, etc., naked lights, supplementary lighting, mechanical ventilation and air-conditioning, and security lighting.

Dr. Ampofo said that this will allow the owners have solar panels on their roof top to generate at least one-third of the power they use at home from the solar.

Even though Ghanaians have seen tremendous improvement in energy crises that recently hit the nation (dumsor), Dr. Ampofo said with the introduction of this initiative (new building code), much energy will be generated and the excess will be put to the national grid.

“This is one of the things that if it happens the power sector will be sustain as the population grows and it will be of benefit to this country. There is a lot which the commission is doing and bringing the new building code on board will boost our energy situation for the future,” said Dr. Ampofo.

The power and energy expert said Ghanaians, businesses and industries have gone through a lot of difficulties because of ‘dumsor’ however there must be some necessary intervention to make sure these crises do not occur again.

“Because of fuel non-availability recently, he believes the best way to deal with this energy crisis is to bring on board the Solar Energy,” he noted.

He said that Solar Energy will make Ghana self generation of power with a good percentage between 20 and 30 percents going to the national grid.

He also mentioned renewable energy as another area that as a country we must be focus on, even though the Energy Commission has been developing these sector things at a slower pace.

“I believe we must fast track these initiatives and make sure that they are available to the people of Ghana,” said Dr. Ampofo.

He said the energy and the power sectors faced with numerous challenges and one of them has been the power crises that rock the country for more than a year.

“It was President Mahama’s objective to fix the energy crises that cause a lot of public outcry. The sector has stabilized for some period and there must be solution to make sure that the stabilization of the sector is maintained and improve upon. The government has been able to bridge the gap of demand and supply,” he told Daily Express.

Dr. Ampofo pointed out that “fixing the energy crises means that one must make sure this thinks never happen again. As a country we must always have supply to be ahead of demand. Whenever the demand is ahead of the supply, then problems occurred. That is when we experience the loads schedule.”



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