The United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) announced in June 2016 it signed an $899,995 grant agreement with Village Corps Ghana Ltd. for the development of a biomass energy project in Ghana.
Village Corps has selected Richmond, Virginia-based Recast Energy LLC of the U.S. to conduct a feasibility study for a giant bamboo farm and 20 MW steam-based power plant.
According to the USTDA, the study will include an assessment of the available biomass and biomass logistics, a site recommendation, and interconnection study focusing on power evacuation to the grid, economic and financial analyses, and a project implementation plan.
Recast Energy will also be conducting a comprehensive social and environmental impact assessment.
“Village Corps is proud to lead this effort to help meet the energy needs of the Eastern Region in Ghana,” said Mr. Norman Beaulieu, Founder of Village Corps. “We look forward to working with our partners and the communities of the Akyem Abuakwa Kingdom to develop this innovative clean energy facility.”
USTDA also signed a $926,614 grant to support a 50 MW wind project in West Africa.
Source: Erin Voegele; currently an Associate Editor for Biomass Magazine, and Pellet Mill Magazine. She has written for several other BBI International publications in the past.