Sogakope Senior High School, Volta Region’s representative in this year’s Energy Commission Senior High School Renewable Energy Challenge, has succeeded in beating off competition from five other participating schools to emerge victorious.
The school garnered 90.7% to clinch the first position whilst Yaa Asantewaa Girls’ SHS secured the second spot with 89 %. Kwabre SHS came third with 83.8%. Mfantsiman Girls’ SHS had 83.5% for the fourth position. Dormaa SHS and Serwaa Kesse SHS came fifth and sixth respectively with 83.3% and 81.3%.
For their work, the team unveiled an extraordinary 5-in-1 agricultural machine. The game-changing innovation could be used in handling slashing, spraying, harrowing, seed-sowing and hole-digging.
The fourth edition of the programme which took place on October 17, 2023, at the Accra International Conference Centre, was under the theme: Mechanized Small Scale Agriculture Using Renewable Energy Technologies. It was born out of the Commission’s mandate under the Renewable Energy Act, 2011 (Act 832), which includes the promotion of the development and utilisation of renewable energy resources.
The aim of the competition is to foster renewable energy-focused research and development amongst students while also facilitating mentorship programmes that encourage the transformation of ideas into impactful and commercial viable solutions. Equipping SHS students with the skills and mindset needed to actively contribute to the development of renewable energy is also being targeted.