UBI Group

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Salma Okonkwo, Founder of UBI Group. Picture: Next Einstien Forum

Ghana’s biggest solar farm is ‘near-completion’, with the project set to be, after its commissioning, one of the biggest solar farms on the continent. The project, called the Blue Power Energy, was initiated, funded and is being constructed by Salma Okonkwo, the CEO and Founder of UBI Group, and a proven Ghanaian businesswoman and real estate developer. The project is located in the northern part of Ghana and is scheduled to start operations in March 2019, with a production capacity of 100 megawatts of energy. Finding alternative sources for energy in sub-Saharan Africa is becoming increasingly important; access to electricity in many African countries seem nightmarish because of rising numbers of people in urban centres, usually caused by migration from rural areas. In 2017, an estimated 1.1 billion people globally did not have access to electricity with 95% of that number residing in Africa. West Africa alone accounts for 30 percent of those without electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. African countries are exploring other sources of energy, including renewable energy sources, like solar power. Many are investing in solar power, with Independent Power Producers filling the gap between production and delivery. One of such is the UBI group. Okonkwo’s journey in the business fold began in 2006 with her venture, UBI, and has seen her rise to become one of the leading CEOs in the continent, overseeing a company with six subsidiaries. From Ventures Africa