REDAVIA has called on the government to create an enabling renewable energy business environment to encourage small and medium enterprises in venturing into the renewable energy sector.
During the celebration of REDAVIA’s 10th anniversary in solar innovation, its Marketing and Sales Support Manager, Gabriella Zeugin, identified the lack of capital as a major setback in establishing renewable energy business in Ghana.
She called on the government to provide a “stable, open, customer-focused regulatory environment that enables the use of new technologies to offer the supply of lowest-cost power to businesses in Ghana so that renewable energy businesses can grow and create local wealth.”
REDAVIA has been operating in Ghana since 2017 and as part of its activities to promote the management of solar energy, collaborated with Regional Maritime University, an engineering University in Ghana, where a solar farm was installed.
“We also now have committed to building a Solar Renewable Energy Lab at Regional Maritime University, where we will train Ghanaian engineers to become experts in solar so that they can lead the charge for solar mobilization in Ghana. Additionally, we train our own employees and the contractors we work with extensively. We believe that Ghanaians with the right education can deploy solar at scale in their own country with the help of REDAVIA and other companies like REDAVIA.”
In relation to the government’s commitment to achieving a 10 per cent energy mix by 2030, REDAVIA suggested that it “facilitates customer access to these technologies by freeing up the power market. Unlike perhaps a decade ago, the market and relative-cost dynamic now supports the shift from fossil fuels to renewables, because renewable power has become so cost-competitive in the past years. So, the main regulatory challenge is to guide this market dynamic towards renewables to reach lower power costs and reduce carbon emissions while ensuring a stable energy system. Beyond that, Ghana could focus on reducing barriers to renewables growth, by e.g. improving the clarity and speed of permitting processes, as well as ensuring improved access to financing”.
Below is the full press release on the 10th anniversary of REDAVIA:
REDAVIA, a global market leader of cost-effective, reliable, and clean solar power for businesses, is celebrating 10 years of solar innovation. This milestone anniversary represents a decade of creative engineering and customer satisfaction.
In 2010, REDAVIA started off with a simple vision for clean, affordable energy and a mission to use solar energy as a key driver for sustainable development. REDAVIA’s CEO and Founder Erwin Spolders created a unique, modular design that he knew would lower costs and provide a flexible, risk-mitigated solution for businesses.
Over the course of 10 years, the REDAVIA Team has taken this innovative design and expanded it into a full product line of modular, lease-to-own solar solutions. REDAVIA’s plug-and-play solutions are quick to install and easy to redeploy, leading the team to name the series of products ‘Fast Track’. While the company started with its flagship product, the Fast Track Solar Ground Mount, it now offers these additional options: the Fast Track Solar Carport, the Fast Track Solar Roof Mount, and the Fast Track Energy Storage.
These products make up a portfolio of 65 units totalling 5463 kWp. REDAVIA provides clean, affordable energy services to 22 customers in Ghana, Kenya, and Tanzania, enabling them to reduce costs, increase their operational flexibility, and reduce the carbon footprint of their business. In the past 10 years, REDAVIA has cut 3175 tonnes of carbon emissions.
“Looking ahead to the future, the REDAVIA Team and I are excited to bring these benefits to more and more customers every year,” said Erwin Spolders, CEO & founder of REDAVIA. “We are immensely grateful to the customers and funders who have joined us on our journey so far, and we cannot wait to continue serving them and to start serving more businesses eager for us to meet their energy needs.”
REDAVIA offers solar power for businesses in West and East Africa. The REDAVIA system is based on a pre-configured model, including high-performance solar modules and electrical components. It is easy to ship, set up, scale, and redeploy. Businesses benefit from a cost-effective, reliable, clean energy solution with minimal upfront investment or technical skills.