The potential and economic viability of wind farms in Ghana

Samuel Asumadu-Sarkodie*, Phebe Asantewaa Owusu

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The current load shedding in Ghana has led to decreasing productivity leading to economic and social crisis due to Ghanas dependency on hydroelectric power as its main source of power. Incorporating renewable energy sources to the grid installed capacity will ease the burden on Ghanaians. In this study, the potentiality and economic feasibility of wind farm project were evaluated in 11 locations in Ghana. The study employed wind-speed data using Meteonorm 7 software in a Typical Meteorological Year 2 format and analyzed with RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis modeling software. 10 MW of VESTAS V90 Wind turbine model with a rated power of 2,000 kW was proposed, which, when developed and harnessed, will drastically boost productivity of businesses, industries, and the transport sector in Ghana whilst making significant contribution to the export earnings of the country.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)695-701
Number of pages7
JournalEnergy Sources, Part A: Recovery, Utilization and Environmental Effects
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Capacity factor
  • Ghana
  • renewable energy
  • wind energy
  • wind speed

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