Dream Renewables

Location: Ghana

Dream Renewables is a non-profit organisation which is part of the Dream Big Ghana NGO. Dream Renewables’ mission is to educate and inspire young Ghanaians about renewable energy through practical hands-on learning. This is done by encouraging and facilitating locally-led renewable energy projects; equipping young adults with practical skills to enhance their employability in the renewable energy sector; and, increasing awareness of renewable energy amongst the wider community.

Dream Renewables is providing education and training programmes across the three subject areas of solar power, biomass briquettes and energy efficiency to students in Dzita, a rural fishing community in the south of the Volta Region, and Kumasi, Ghana’s second biggest city. NextEnergy Foundation is supporting the solar power programme, a three-week course which provides a comprehensive introduction to solar power design and installation. Students ultimately design and develop a business case for a solar energy
system in their community, learning to connect up a DC system and a small off-grid AC system. There is an element of circularity to the programmes because after completing them, students form small groups and run at least one workshop at a local school or community centre related to the programme subject areas. These workshops are designed to educate the wider community about renewable energy and sustainability, increasing acceptance and uptake of such technologies in communities.

Overall, 120 students will partake in the three programmes provided by Dream Renewables between July and September 2021. From the workshops which the students then design and hold for the wider communities, 450 additional individuals are expected to learn about renewable energy, thus increasing awareness about the technologies.

September 2021 Update: Dream Renewables has provided the following update on the programme in Dzita:

  • 24 students in total (16 attending daytime training and 8 attending virtual evening classes)
  • Learning outcomes included, amongst others, the installation of a 200w 1kWh solar power system for a small government clinic and conducting renewable energy advocacy at 3 local schools and in two community areas, reaching over 400 people
  • Following the programme, 2 students have signed up to Dream Renewables’ internship programme to be deployed with solar energy companies in Accra; 1 student has signed up to Dream Renewables’ mentoring programme; and, 2 groups of students are working on projects in their communities using the knowledge they learnt

An update on the programme run in Kumasi, as well as an overall impact report will be shared in due course.