Evaluating Options of Renewable Sources of Electric Power for Remote Rural Communities – The Case of Obuoho Village
In Ghana, remote villages and hamlets are being connected to the national grid through government electrification projects. Some of these remote communities are located in forested terrains and across rivers where connection to the national grid is a challenge. In cases where the national grid is connected, reliability of the power supply become a major issue. Obouho is one such communities in the Eastern Region of Ghana. The village was connected to the national electricity grid about two years ago but has since been plagued with unreliable power supply due to high vegetative growth along the route of the power lines. This paper looks into options of providing renewable source of power to the community as an alternative and explains the decision to install a Micro-hydro Power plant near the village as the most cost effective and reliable solution. The paper presents analysis used in the evaluation process and believes it will serve as a guide in assessing renewable energy resources for remote rural communities.
- Date of Conference: 10-13 December 2018
- DOI: 10.2053/ICITST.WorldCIS.WCST.WCICSS.2018.0021
- ISBN: 978-1-908320-94-0
- Conference Location: University of Cambridge, Churchill College