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2022 budget: More rural communities to be connected to nat’l grid

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The Government of Ghana has announced an ambitious plan to connect more towns and rural communities to the national grid by the year 2022.

Ghana, currently, has an electricity coverage rate of about 86.63 percent.

In 2020, the government connected a total of 162 communities to the national grid.

Currently, electricity connections to 512 communities are also at various stages of completion.

Minister for Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta on Wednesday, November 17 during the 2022 budget presentation to Parliament said: “In 2022, we will work to complete many such projects, and approximately 800 towns will be connected to the national grid under the SHEP-4, SHEP-5, and the much-talked-about Turnkey Projects.” 

He added that the government would select 2,401 communities with a population of 400 and above to be connected to the national grid.

According to him, the government would also electrify island communities by constructing 10 mini-grids in 10 island communities, as well as supply and install solar home systems in 20 island and lakeside communities in 2022.

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