Artist impression of solar power plant in Ghana
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UK company to build a solar power plant in Ghana

4 December 2012 Last updated at 16:42 GMT

A British company is about to start building the biggest solar powered electricity generating plant in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Blue Energy says its facility, featuring thousands of photo voltaic panels, will provide 6% of the country's power needs after it is built in two years.

The $400m plant will harness the power of the sun to produce electricity, that will be fed into a transmission line that links to Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

Christopher Dean, the chief executive of Blue Energy, has been telling the BBC's Russell Padmore more about the project.