Hosting of Sustainable Energy Service Centres (SESCs)
The Republic of Ghana and the United States of America acting through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (“MCC”) entered into a Millennium Challenge Compact on August 5, 2014, under which MCC provided funding to the Government of Ghana (the “Government”), in an amount not to exceed Four Hundred and Ninety-Eight Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$ 498,200,000) (“MCC Funding”) to facilitate poverty reduction through economic growth (the “Compact”). Under the terms of the Compact, the Government committed to provide funding as a Government contribution to support the implementation of the Compact in an amount equal to no less than seven and one-half percent (7.5%) of the amount of funding provided by MCC in the Compact (the “Government Contribution”). The goal of the Compact program is to reduce poverty through economic growth in Ghana. The objectives of the Compact program are to;
- Increase private sector investment and productivity and profitability of micro, small, medium and large-scale businesses;
- Increase employment opportunities for men and women; and
- Raise earning potential from self-employment and improved outcomes for men and women.
The Program consists of four (4) projects: (i) the ECG Financial and Operational Turnaround Project; (ii) the Regulatory Strengthening and Capacity Building Project; (iii) the Access Project; and (iv) the Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management Project.
Under the fourth program thus the Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management (EEDSM) Project three Sustainable Energy Services Centers (SESCs) have been set up. These Centers were competitively selected through a two (2) stage technical qualifying bidding process; ‘Call for Interest (CFI)’ followed by a ‘Call for Proposal (CFP)’.
The objective is to provide tertiary education services including training and certification of energy services professionals as well as sustainable energy (SE) services for transformation of the EEDSM market component of the Compact program. Under the Compact, it is proposed to develop a pool of energy services professionals under three (3) categories ‘Sustainable Energy Management Professionals (SEMP), Sustainable Energy Audit Professionals (SEAP), and Energy Audit Practical Professionals (EAP). The Compact has conducted training, examination, and certification program for the first batch of personnel nominated by the shortlisted institutions for selection as SESCs. The Compact has provided training under a ‘Train the Trainer (TOT) program for the professionals to the trainers conduct such training programs for the SESCs in their future programs. Thereafter, the selected SESCs would carry out these tasks in an ongoing manner under the overall superintendence of the ‘Energy Commission (EC)’ Ghana.
MiDA has appointed Development Environergy Services Ltd. (DESL), India (and in association with Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management and CEPT Research & Development Foundation (CRDF), CEPT University) as the lead Consultants through an international competitive bid for providing various services leading to the operationalization of the SESCs.
RCEES-UENR Consortium is hosting one of the three Sustainable Energy Services Centers (SESCs). The consortium is made of RCEES-UENR, Kumasi Technical University, Sunyani Technical University, and the Energy Foundation.
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