Background

The importance of renewable energy usage in businesses worldwide is well-known and documented. However, its adoption still remains low in Ghana due to uncertainty about the capability of local renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) solution suppliers, avoidance of first-mover risks and lack of adequate financing. With the country’s objective to achieve 10% renewable energy component in the national energy mix by 2030, there is the need to make renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions readily available and accessible to industrial and domestic users.

The Association of Ghana Industries (AGI) Energy Service Centre (ESC) was set up to be a one-stop shop for renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) training and consultancy services, especially relating to the adoption of RE/EE among AGI members and the larger Ghanaian public. The Centre is hosted by the AGI, with technical and financial support from the German Development Cooperation.

Vision

To be the preferred centre for advisory services on renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) investment options for Ghana’s productive sector to foster sustainable and competitive clean energy solutions by 2025 and beyond.

Mision

We provide reliable and credible advisory services to RE/EE solution providers and large commercial and industrial electricity consumers to plan and implement RE/EE investments to attain cost savings and profitability for economic development.

We achieve this by:

  • Providing market analysis on RE/EE
  • Providing training on RE/EE solutions for large electricity consumers and for RE/EE service providers
  • Advising on RE/EE investment options
  • Facilitating the linkage between service providers and consumers
  • Leading advocacy on the adoption of RE/EE

Services

The AGI Energy Services Centre serves as a hub for information, project assistance and market linkages relating to RE/EE. We provide the following services to businesses and the general public:

  • Second opinions and an honest broker function with regard to RE/EE proposals and project development.
  • Assisting electricity consumers to develop and implement pioneering RE/EE investment plans through provision of technical, implementation and transactional advice.
  • Developing and maintaining a continually updated database for:
    • ✓ RE/EE solution providers
    • ✓ Reference projects
    • ✓ Funding programmes
    • ✓ Policy instruments and regulation etc
  • Conducting training for RE/EE solution providers in collaboration with established training institutions.
  • Conducting training for employees of large electricity consumers (such as energy/facility managers) in planning and implementation of investments in RE/EE
  • Designing and conducting training-of-trainer courses for training providers in the area of quality assurance and RE/EE project development.
  • Providing a platform for business-to-business exchange by linking businesses with successful RE/EE projects with those interested in doing same.
  • Undertaking general analysis and advocacy activities aimed at promoting the RE/EE market and strengthening the competitiveness of local industries.

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