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Students of salaga SHS in the Savannah Region put brilliant performance to emerge winners of this year’s Renewable Energy Challenge competition held on Thursday 22nd July, 202, in the Savannah Regional capital Damongo.
Salaga senior high school defeated five (5) other schools with 71.33 points to emerge victorious.
Host school, Damongo Senior High School came second with 70.00 points, Bole senior high school (third) with 67.00 points, Tuna senior high school placed (fourth) with 64.33 points, whilst Buipe senior high school came (fifth) with 61.67 points and Salaga T.I Ahmadiya SHS (sixth) with 58.3 points.
The objective of the contest among others is, to promote creative thinking and to provide mentorship to the young students in the various senior high schools to enhance local innovations to help address Ghana’s energy challenges.
Officials believe that, this will inculcate in the students the need to solve societal problems with practical solutions.
Six (6) selected schools in the Savannah Region took turns to explain some practical solutions to Ghana’s energy challenges with the showcase of different innovative technologies produced locally by students in senior high schools.
Damongo senior high school, Bole SHS, Buipe SHS, Tuna SHS, Salaga SHS AND Salaga T.I Amass competed in the second edition which is the first in the Savannah Region.
Practical innovations demonstrated by the students included Bio gas presentation done by T. I. Amass and Tuna SHS, Solar energy generation and e-waste recycling presented by Buipe SHS, wind turbine energy was presented by Bole SHS and salaga SHS and, wind generator presentation done by Damongo SHS.
The coordinator of the senior high schools Renewable Energy Challenge ( SHSREC) and chief program officer in charge of Bio energy at the energy commission, Mr. Julius Nkansah-Nyarko in his address explained that the Senior high school Renewable energy challenge is another unique programme that the energy commission has introduced into its flagship programme, the Ghana Renewable Energy fair. He further added that, the competition seeks to develop research skills and to promote technological innovation in Renewable energy in the students for them to develop a passion for solving Renewable Energy Challenges and climate change and also to encourage hardworking through public recognition and rewards.
Mr. Julius Nkansah-Nyarko again stressed that, the energy commission will be collaborating with some research institutions in the country such as CSIR, the Brew Hammond energy centre at KNUST to help refine the ideas and projects of the students and also mentor, train and as well prepare them for the finals of the competitions.
The school challenge started in 2019 and piloted for schools in the Greater Accra Region where 29 schools participated in the first edition but could not come on in 2020 due to the outbreak of Covid 19.
The winners of the Regional competition will represent the region for the zonal competitions ( southern and Northern zones ) which is scheduled for 16th – 27th August,2021 after which the best three schools in each zone will go to finals to be held on 14th October, 2021, at the Ghana Renewable Energy fair in Accra.
The competition is initiated by the energy commission in collaboration with the Bui Power Authority and the Ghana education Service ( GES)
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