Yorkshire firm behind largest solar installation in Ghana

A Leeds-based solar power company is behind the largest solar installation in Ghana.

2017 08 08 102453With Ghana experiencing an erratic power supply and regular blackouts known as ‘Dumsor’, a local woman reached out to the Yorkshire outback specialist to help take the power into her community’s own hands.

Successful Ghanaian businesswoman, Gloria Rego, who generously supports schools, churches, and community projects in the area, set out to find a solution to the regular power outages and price hikes that has blighted Ghanaian for years.

With plans to open a soft drinks factory in Kpong, employing more than 100 local people, Gloria needed to overcome Dumsor and rectify her unreliable three-phase power grid which regularly lost phases and fluctuated from 100 to 180 volts per phase, damaging electrical equipment.

Leeds-based Xero Grid, an outback distributor and authorised service centre in the UK and Spain, supported Gloria to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) array of almost 400 panels to help run offices and staff accommodation at night time.

Gloria Rego comments:

“It has been my dream to support our local Kpong community in Ghana by employing local people in our drinks factory. Thanks for the support by Xerogrid, we have overcome Dumsor and our business is now producing fruit juice drinks and filtered water.”

Ian Emberton, founder and managing director of Xerogrid adds:

“We’re passionate about giving power to the people and connecting people off-grid to create their own electricity. David still uses his three-phase generator for welding and two large machines, we plan to expand and convert what he has to three phase in the future to help him save even more and continue to run his important farming business.”

Xerogrid formed as Ian E Energy in 2014 and, having experienced phenomenal growth, has recently re-branded to extend their services specialism across the globe.

Xero Grid are supported by the largest free business accelerator programme, Entrepreneurial Spark, in Leeds where founder, Ian Emberton, has won a £3000 award for the fast-growth of his business.

About Xerogrid

Established by Ian Emberton in 2009, Xerogrid is a world-class provider of renewable energy solutions.

Working with a range of reputable manufacturers, the firm distributes and installs leading edge solar panels, wind turbines and related accessories to customers worldwide.

After having recognised a global demand for renewable energy solutions, former motorcyle mechanic, Ian Emberton, began providing clients with a much more affordable and reliable source of energy than traditional power suppliers. 

Using solar, wind and gravity to store electricity in batteries, which is inverted to AC power and backed-up by auto start generators, Xerogrid allows their customers to take an ‘off-grid’ approach to energy consumption, becoming more independent, eco-friendly and reducing their carbon footprint.

Currently run from offices based in Leeds, the business employs two members of staff and has firm plans to grow the team in 2017.

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