Volta River Authority, with support from the German Development Bank KfW, has selected Multiconsult to assess the potential for installing a floating solar PV plant on Lake Volta – the world’s largest man-made lake by surface area – or Kpong hydropower reservoir in Ghana.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are steadily becoming an important part of Ghana’s energy mix, with the Government of Ghana keen to explore opportunities for installing floating PV on the existing hydropower reservoirs.
Multiconsult will conduct a technical, environmental, and social impact assessment to help identify the best location of the project and to ensure that it can be implemented in a sustainable manner.
The assignment will be led by Syed Ali, Senior Advisor in Multiconsult. He will manage a team of solar PV specialists, hydropower experts, electrical engineers, economists, and environmental experts who will be tasked with designing a pilot PV facility that can be commissioned in the shortest possible time. Multiconsult will also develop a concept for future extension up to 50MW or more.
Image: Kpong hydropower reservoir. Courtesy of Multiconsult