The project site is located in a sparsely populated area in the Ada West District, around 70 - 75 km east of Accra, between the Gulf of Guinea in the south and the Songor Lagoon in the north. The Akplabnya Wind Farm will be constructed over an area of about 3,000 acres. Due to its openness to the nearby sea and flatness of the landscape, this location offers good and steady wind conditions, simple road access, little environmental constraints and an easy grid access.
In February 2014, Upwind has received the Provisional Generation
and Wholesale Supply Licence from
the Energy Commission of Ghana. In addition, the District
Assembly expressed their “no objection”
towards the implementation of the wind park.
Besides, the Akplabnya Wind Farm received in early September, 2014 the final Environmental Permit from the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Besides this, Upwind Akplabnya Ltd. applied at the District Ada-West for the Final
Based on the Renewable Energy Act, 2011 (Act 832) and the approved feed-in-tariff for wind projects in Ghana by the Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) in 2016, Upwind Akplabnya Ltd., our project company in Ghana, will be negotiating with the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) a Power Purchase Agreement. Negotiations with the grid operator GRIDCo for a Connection Agreement will also start soon. It is planned that this wind park will be connected through a new substation to the recently constructed 330 kV WAPP line, which has enough capacity to safely take and transport the electricity of this project.
The Akplabnya Wind
Farm will, once completely commissioned, have a capacity of up to 60
MW and will supply around 100,000 MWh of clean, affordable and
reliable electrical energy per year, which is produced locally,
without need of any fuel
or gas. It is estimated that the wind farm will
lead to a CO₂ -
reduction of approximately 40,000 tons annually.
The final permitting steps for this project are not yet under way but will be initiated soon. Therefore, also the start of construction is not yet scheduled.