Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd. has unveiled the first solar-powered service station in the country at the Tema Main Harbour.
This project is part of the company’s modernisation plan to solarise at least 50% of its network stations within five years, as it contributes to efficient and environmentally friendly energy solutions.
At the inauguration, which had in attendance the Deputy Minister of Energy, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam; the Director of Administration of the National Petroleum Authority, Mr. Kwodwo Jackson; the company’s Brand Ambassador and former national football captain Stephen Appiah; and the Managing Director Mr. Eric Fanchini, who said that the initiative to solarise its network stations aligns with the company’s ambition to be a responsible energy major.
He said: “The world’s energy future, inclusive of Ghana’s, is being shaped by the dual challenge of climate change and growing demand for electricity. Thus, Renewable energies, particularly solar, are crucial in this new environment.
“As a longstanding Ghanaian oil marketing company, we are proud to complement the Government of Ghana’s efforts in prioritising the use of solar energy,” he added.
Speaking on installation of the solar-powered edifice, Mr. Fanchini mentioned that the entire project is managed by local Ghanaian Engineering and Solar teams.
He added: “Total Petroleum Ghana believes that the way to consolidate its social operating licence is to share expertise and know-how with the local skilled force, listen to stakeholders and be a responsible corporate leader”.
In addition to the solar installations in its network, the company has launched a competence centre to run energy-efficiency surveys for Business to Business (B2B) customers.
He said: ‘‘The company also provides various solar solutions from lamps, kiosks and logistics support for Ghanaian start-ups’’. A solar kiosk has been rolled out at three service stations to give customers access to phone-charging units and free Wi-Fi at its forecourts.
The Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr. Adam, expressed his pleasure that Total Petroleum Ghana has not only transformed one of its service stations to a solarised one but is also diversifying its energy portfolio in Ghana to include renewable energy solutions for businesses.
He stated that: “This effort not only improves the carbon footprint of Total Petroleum Ghana, but also augments efforts of the Ministry of Energy in reducing the demand to invest in fossil fuel-powered power plants and putting the country on a healthy energy-mix path”.
He hoped that businesses will take advantage of these opportunities to come on board because of the many benefits which come with renewable energy.
Speaking on behalf of the NPA’s CEO, the Director of Administration commended Total Petroleum Ghana for constantly presenting innovative products, and for setting the pace as the first oil marketing company to introduce this solar initiative and offer solar energy solutions to the public.