The National Coordinator for 350 GROC, Portia Adu-Mensah says to accelerate the penetration of renewable energy in Ghana, regulators must ensure quality products are imported.
This call comes on the back of testimonies collated on the use of renewable energies during its community outreach across southern Ghana in 2021.
Mrs Adu-Mensah explained that “people complain about the poor quality of renewable energy products especially solar products” therefore this discourages others from patronizing these products.
Addressing participants at 350-GROC’s capacity-building workshop in Accra, the climate change activist further called on young people to actively engage at various levels to ensure a transition from fossil fuel to renewable energy.
The Communication Director at 350 GROC, Charles Wundegba recalling a community outreach at Apam in the Eastern Region, said that “donating a solar bulb to a petty trader curbed the dangers of respiratory disease associated with the use of kerosene-powered lanterns.”
He further stated that the adverse impact of climate change affects everyone and “no government can address it alone therefore it requires a collective effort.”
As Ghana focuses on achieving a 10 per cent renewable energy mix in its power generation by 2030, the Partnership Coordinator, Patricia Bekoe called on young people to volunteer their expertise and time.
The program was chaired by Mr Kenneth Amoateng applauded the group and advised its community members to develop their capacities to be efficient at the local level as well as the international level.
350 Ghana Reducing Our Carbon (G-ROC) is a formal network of youth groups, formed with the aim of mobilizing and empowering young people in partnership with key stakeholders to actively champion the need to reduce Ghana’s carbon emissions and promote Renewable Energy systems, as a key effort in combating climate change.
G-ROC seeks to position itself as a strategic youth-led group in influencing and contributing to policies and programming on low carbon emission-related issues. We strive to ensure that the concerns of young people and local communities are acknowledged and incorporated in decision-making processes toward a low-carbon or carbon-free country.