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     Construction of Akosombo dam has made life more difficult for surrounding/displaced communities

    What are mini-grids? 
    Mini-grids are small-scale electricity production and distribution systems, (mostly defined to  be between 10 kW -10 MW) which are independent of the central grid. However, they provide electricity for small communities at the same quality as the central grid. The source of power in mini-grids can be from renewable sources (solar, wind, biomass, biogas, etc.) or from diesel generators or a combination of two or more sources, known as hybrid systems.  
    Mini-grids in Ghana
    The first mini-grid was established at Appolonia in the Greater Accra Region in 1992 by Ministry of Energy, funded by UNDP. The source of electricity was from biogas plants fed with night soil and dung. An engine was used to convert biogas to electricity which was distributed to inhabitants in the area for street lighting and small load domestic appliances such as lighting, radio and television. In mid 2000s, some attempts were made to provide mini-grid electricity for some communities at Busunu in Northern Region using Jatropha Oil. Both of these bioenergy-based mini-grids are currently not operational.
    The greatest boost to mini-grids came from The World Bank under the Ghana Energy Development and Access Project (GEDAP) where the Ministry of Energy piloted mini-grids in four island settlements. The beneficiary communities are Aglakope (Krachi West), Kurdokope (Krachi East), Atigagome and Wayokope (Sene East) and Pediatorkope

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