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USTDA Provides Technical Assistance for Power Africa Project in Ghana Ambassador Jackson and Mr. Ayenu sign the USTDA grant agreement at the U.S. Embassy in Accra.

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ecently, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency awarded a $704,815 grant to Home Energy Africa Limited, a Ghanaian solar power developer, for technical assistance that will help bring a 100-megawatt solar power photovoltaic (PV) project in the village of Nyimbale-Sankana, Ghana towards financial close. "Lack of power is a challenge we see across sub-Saharan Africa. Two out of three people in this region lack access to electricity. That hinders business, and it hinders prosperity. We've made increasing access to power one of the top priorities for our bilateral relationship. Today's grant is just one more way we're bringing together government and the private sector to make Ghana's future brighter," stated the U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Robert P. Jackson, who signed the grant on behalf of USTDA along with President and CEO of

Home Energy Africa, Charles Sena Ayenu. "One of Ghana's paramount constraints to sustainable economic growth is the country's inadequate electric power supply. This grant will support us in bringing our solar power PV project to financial close in order to fill the gap in power supply, meet Ghana's goals for clean and sustainable energy, help create over 200 jobs to local communities and provide electricity to at least 80,000 average homes in Ghana," said Mr. Ayenu. Home Energy Africa has selected GreenMax Capital Advisors (Brooklyn, N.Y.) to carry out the technical assistance. This will include preparation for power purchase agreement negotiations, services contracts and financing arrangements. Implementation of the project will support the Government of Ghana in achieving its target of 5,000 MW of installed

generation, including 10% from renewable sources. USTDA's partnership with Home Energy Africa supports the goals of Power Africa, a U.S. governmentled initiative to increase electricity access across sub-Saharan Africa.

About USTDA: The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies.

BusinessUSA USTDA is an official partner of BusinessUSA, a one-stop shop for connecting businesses with U.S. Government resources. ď ƒ www.ustda.gov https://ghanafinancialmarket. wordpress.com/2015/03/06/africasbiggest-solar-project-to-be-put-upat-nyinbali/

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