The Ministry of Energy has set a policy target of distributing three million units of clean biogas cookstoves by 2030 to households.
This is to cover 50 per cent of the population using Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG).
Mr Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, the Deputy Minister of Energy, said made this known at the launch of the third edition of the Energy Commission’s Senior High Schools’ Renewable Energy Challenge in Accra.
The challenge seeks to provide education and create awareness on renewable energy technologies among Senior/Technical schools in the country.
This year’s Challenge was dubbed: “Clean Cooking & Food," aimed at promoting creative thinking and mentorship to young students to enable them to come up with innovative ideas for national development.
It was also to promote research and development in our public second cycle schools by encouraging the transformation of ideas and concepts into actual projects and product development.
The Renewable Energy Challenge would enhance the Government’s efforts at achieving policy goals, Mr Mercer said.
"And in that regard, the Ministry of Energy intends to fund a further development and promotion of the most outstanding and innovative clean cooking institution for this year's challenge," he said.
He urged the participating students to have deeper thoughts and reflections to come out with the best presentations that could transform the cooking sector.
Mr Julius Nkansah-Nyarko, the Senior Manager, Energy Commission, and Programme Coordinator, called on students pursuing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) programming and coding to take advantage of the initiative.
A participating school may have a team consisting of four students with a teacher and must submit details of their proposed projects to the Regional Coordinator of Science, Technology, Mathematics, and Innovation Education.
These projects will be forwarded to the Director at the Science Education Unit in Accra, which would be done in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES).
There would be regional competitions from the first week in June to July, with dates to be communicated in due course.
16 regional winners will go into the zonal competition where three best schools would be selected from each zone to participate in the finals under the auspices of the Commission and GES.
The Challenge was introduced in 2019 and the second edition, which was held in 2021 due the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, was won by Gyaama Pensan Senior High and Technical School at Aboaso in the Ashanti Region.