Some Certified Electrical Wiring Professionals (CEWP) have been trained in solar photovoltaic (PV) system design best practices to enhance their work in Kumasi.
The day’s seminar, organized by Process and Plant Automation Limited (PPA), an industrial and building automation company, aimed to introduce participants to effective practices and guidelines for electrical wiring and more.
It also aimed to share knowledge and address skills gaps in the design and sizing of solar photovoltaic systems for applications in homes, offices and shopping malls, among others.
Mr. Samuel Antwi, Project Consultant, PPA Limited, said that countries around the world have embraced renewable energy as a sustainable and environmentally friendly source of electricity.
He said that as the solar PV market segment continues to grow, professionals in the field need to improve methods and procedures to provide cost-effective solutions that meet international standards.
“It is important for technicians and engineers to discover new and better ways to install solar photovoltaic systems, in order to reduce the overall cost for the end user,” he explained.
He said that as Ghana was making steady progress towards achieving the 10% renewable energy target by 2030, PPA Limited would continue to hone the skills of professionals to design and install solar PV systems that relieve the population.
Mr. Antwi said that the company, in its 18 years of existence, has provided electrical engineering and wall-to-wall automation services and products to the industrial sector, including the real estate sector, through its expertise in systems integration for control and instrumentation products and smart building technologies.
He said the company had over the years provided training for electrical engineering professionals and aimed to ensure wider participation to improve safety to prevent industrial and household electrical disasters.
Mr. Francis Akpaloo, Scientific Officer of the Ghana Standard Authority (GSA) in charge of testing electrical and electronic products, called on participants to use tested and verified products that ensure the safety of installers and users.
He said the GSA has over the years tested products, services and processes to verify product quality claims to meet basic minimum requirements.
Mr Akpaloo said the Authority conducted a rigorous monitoring exercise in 2017 and found that around 88% of electrical products and accessories on the market were of substandard quality.
Through the surveillance program, he said, the Authority has seen a reduction in substandard electrical products on the market, pointing out that when market surveillance is maintained, importers bring in quality products.
Mr. Yaw Amponsah Ababio, Ashanti Regional Chairman of CEWP, said the seminar exposed them to the realities of using solar PV, as most people did not believe solar PV was real.
He commended PPA Limited for initiating the seminar to broaden its solar PV knowledge base and called on the company to continually help professionals learn about automation among other advanced technologies.