The location of the Amlakpo Wind Farm is in the
coastal region of Ghana about 80 - 85 km east of Accra, in the
District of Ada West. It is located on both sides of the main road leading from
Tema eastwards towards the Volta Region. It covers an overall area of
approximately 58 km², whereas 20% of the project area lies south of the main road between
the villages of Kasseh and Koluedor and the remaining 80% north of the
main road bordering to the new 330 kV WAPP line in the North-West and the villages of Afiadenyigba and Fantivilope in the North-East.
The landscape is
predominantly flat with some small hills not exceeding 50 m above sea
level. The natural vegetation consists mostly of grasses and small
bushes. The land is agriculturally dominated and is used for small
scale farming and pasture. Some small watercourses, which fall dry
during periods with little precipitation, lead through the area. The
planned turbines are situated on agricultural and wasteland owned by
several families and communities of the area.
In June 2014, Upwind
has received the Provisional
Generation and Wholesale Supply Licence
from the Energy Commission of Ghana. In addition, the Ada
West District Assembly expressed “no objection”
towards the implementation of the wind park. Besides, the Amlakpo Wind Farm received in September 2014 the
final Environmental Permit from the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which was renewed recently with a validity period until autumn 2019.
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 Amlakpo Ltd., our project company
in Ghana, will start negotiations with the Electricity Company of Ghana
(ECG) for a Power Purchase Agreement soon.
The Amlakpo Wind
Farm will, once completely commissioned, have a capacity of up to 200
MW and will supply around 475,000 MWh per year of clean, affordable
and reliable electrical energy, which is produced locally, without
need of any fuel or gas.
Construction of this project is not yet scheduled in detail but will start beyond 2021.
More information about the Amlakpo Wind Farm can be found under www.upwindamlakpo.com (this website is still under construction).