Chiefs and people of Katapie, a farming community in the Ahafo Ano North District of the Ashanti Region last week could not hide their joy as for first time in the history of the town enjoyed electricity in their homes, schools and churches.
At a grand durbar attended by almost every soul in the community, the Odikro of the ancient town expressed gratitude to the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Sanid Suleman and Black Star Energy, a Ghanaian based United States solar powered energy company.
About 90 households out of the 150 in the farming community have been placed on the Solar off grid power thereby putting lights not only in their homes but in their daily businesses.
Connection unto the Solar Power was basically free for every household provided it was wired.
In their bid to help the community in wiring of their houses, Black Star Energy also sent electricians to help them with the wiring at a reduced cost of GH 250.00
Speaking in an interview with Today, an engineer with Black Star Energy, Joseph Adumatta noted that it was the company’s resolve to help Ghana reduce the burden on the national grid since the over dependence on the Akosombo Dam over the years often brings challenges of varied degrees to not only the Electricity Company of Ghana, but its dependents as well.
Mr Adumatta noted that the Katapie community was not the first town they had provided an off grid solar power to in Ghana mentioning that about eight other communities including Asante Bekwai had benefited from their services.
He explained that smart meters were issued to subscribers of the power system from where they would buy units just like the prepaid meter system but at a very affordable rate since they were mindful of the community.
Story: From James Appiakorang Jnr., Katapie, A/R