China-Ghana South-South Cooperation on Renewable Energy Technology Transfer
Launched on 8th September 2014, the China-Ghana South-South Cooperation on Renewable Energy Technology Transfer is a collaboration between Energy Commission in Ghana, the Ministry of Science and Technology in China together with the UNDP Country Offices in Accra and Beijing. The project is funded by the Danish Government in support of coherent cooperation between China and countries in Africa within the framework of the UN’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative.
The project aims to facilitate the exchange of expertise and technology on renewable energy between China and Ghana, with focus on building the institutional framework and capacity required to facilitate the local absorption of the technologies. It supports broader national socio-economic and environmental objectives, most notably poverty reduction through employment generation and supporting action on climate change mitigation. The project will do so by creating an enabling environment for technology transfer and promote the production of RETs in Ghana with a strong focus on private sector development and inclusion.
The objectives of the project would be achieved through the implementation of the following four outcomes:
1. Ghana has an enabling environment in place for the transfer, production and regulation of the use of Renewable Energy Technologies in Ghana
2. Access to and use of relevant Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) increased in Ghana
3. China’s has strengthened capacity for South-South Cooperation in relation to RET transfer
4. Project management and coordination structures established
Ghana has an enabling environment in place for the transfer, production and regulation of the use of Renewable Energy Technologies in Ghana
This outcome will focus on strengthening the regulatory and institutional framework governing the renewable energy sector, in order to promote and facilitate investments, technological cooperation and private sector participation in developing RETs. It is therefore expected that this outcome will lay the foundations and create the necessary enabling environment for the transfer and demonstration of selected RETs in Ghana, setting up an RET transfer model that Ghana can subsequently adjust and replicate with other countries willing to contribute to technological innovation in the renewable energy sector. It is also expected that the activities carried out under this outcome will have a trickle-down effect in terms of strengthening the conditions required by the private sector (both national and foreign) to invest in RETs.
Access to and use of relevant Renewable Energy Technologies (RETs) increased in Ghana
This outcome will focus on transferring specific and appropriate RETs to Ghana on a pilot basis and creating the conditions for subsequent up scaling. The outcome will ensure that the best practices and the lessons learnt gathered through the implementation of the pilot RETs transferred and subsequent up-scaling will further inform and provide inputs to the strengthening of the RE regulatory framework and the overall enabling environment even after the completion of the project.
China’s has strengthened capacity for South-South Cooperation in relation to RET transfer
This outcome will focus on the Chinese institutional and private sector capacity to engage in mutually beneficial technology transfer through the South-South Cooperation approach. To support the project implementation and create the foundations for future constructive Chinese support to Ghana’s renewable energy to continue beyond the project, a number of activities to build Chinese capacity will be supported, lessons learned from the Chinese development experience will be gathered, guidelines will be revised and China – Ghana networks and information exchange platforms will be created.
Project management and coordination structures established
This outcome focuses on establishing the key project management set up for project implementation. Specifically, this involves the creation of two project management units within the relevant Ghanaian and Chinese institutions and two project steering committees to oversee implementation and provide strategic direction for the project in each country.
- Renewable Energy Policy and Regulatory Gap Analysis 2015
- Barriers to Renewable Energy Technology Transfer in Ghana and Proposed Road Map 2015