Black Stars Coach James Kwesi Appiah is set to establish a factory to manufacture solar equipment in Ghana.
The factory which will cost €14.5 million, has the plans at manufacturing solar panels for industrial and domestic uses.
The former Khartoum FC trainer's solar factory is sited in the Greater Accra region, precisely Ashaiman. Appiah and his company have been given a 3.4 acre land in Ashaiman by the Municipal Assembly for the construction of the factory.
He is having a support from JVG Thoma and Palmer Group Company, based in Germany and the United States, respectively. The factory is going to be a sub-company under his Appiah-Karim company. Also, the solar project will enjoy some sponsorship deal from the German government.
Benefits of the Kwesi Appiah solar factory to Ghana:
Job opportunities; No two ways that, this is a good step to the right direction. As it will create job opportunities, for citizens around Ashaiman and Ghana at large. The solar equipment manufacturing factory is said to provide over 500 direct jobs for the youth in the Ashaiman area.
Opportunities to be created are wholesalers, middlemen, technicians, etc. It will also encourage the youth to start their own businesses and not worry much about the high cost of electricity. And these self-employed people would also employ others thereby contributing to the reduction of the unemployment level in the country.
Another benefit to gain from this solar factory is the reduction of the energy crisis in the country. A consultant of the Appiah-Karim company, Kwame Nti Karikari, touched on the benefits of the factory to Ghana. He said the project does not target only making power readily available for domestic purposes.
But the project also has the aim of making electricity for factories in the country efﬁcient and affordable.
Training centre, another side to derive from Kwasi Appiah project.The solar factory will have a training facility on the side, which will be set up by Appiah’s partners, thus Palmer Group and JVG Thoma. This centre is going to train the youth in solar panel fabrication. As part of the initiative, a marketing and service centre will be set up to provide a 24-hour service.
This is the second project embarked by coach Kwesi Appiah since he secured the national team job.
The first was a foundation he set up to take care of retired footballers in Ghana.