Smart grid technology company BPL Global has signed a five-year modern grid contract in partnership with BPL Africa, with Ghana's national utility, the Volta River Authority.

According to the company, the agreement implements smart grid technologies and broadband-over-power line (BPL) communications technology on the 11kV power distribution network of the Volta River Authority (VRA).

The smart grid system is designed to reduce frequency and duration of outages, improve the balance of supply and demand, and improve operational efficiency, claims the company.

Smart grid services to be deployed in Ghana for VRA include: BPLG’s Power SG Network Monitoring and Management, Rapid Fault Location, Demand Management, Non-Technical Loss Management, Substation Automation, Transformer Monitoring and CCTV Security Systems. BPL Global said that Broadband Communications services include: broadband internet access and VoIP telephony.

Dieudonne Bakarani, president of BPL Africa, said: “In Ghana, demand for electricity has been increasing at a rate of 10% to 15% per annum for the last two decades. We are pleased through our partnership with BPLG to be able to deploy smart grid services that will benefit quality of life and economic expansion in Ghana.”

BPL Global (BPLG) is a smart grid technology company engaged in the transformation of energy. The company provides software services and services to electric utilities enabling the grid to efficiently manage demand, integrate distributed energy resources, improve service reliability, and optimize cost and capital productivity, claims the company.