GPOBA Supports Increased Electricity Access for Rural Poor in Ghana Through Solar Energy Systems

Ghana Solar Home System GPRBA

News Release no. 2008/8

In Washington:
Cathy Russell, tel. (+1) 202 458 8124

In Accra:
Kafu Kofi Tsikata, tel. (+233) 21 214100

Washington D.C., October 16, 2008 – The World Bank, acting as administrator for the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA), signed a grant agreement with the Government of Ghana for US$4.35 million to support increased electricity access through renewable energy technology for poor households in remote rural regions of Ghana. Up to 15,000 poor households or 90,000 people are expected to benefit from the scheme, mainly through solar home systems (SHS) but also through solar lanterns.