Total becomes the first fuel company to commission a solar service station in Ghana
The first solar-powered fuel service station in the country with a 35-kilowatt capacity has been commissioned by Total Ghana, at the Tema main harbor. A total of 225m2 solar panels comprising of 165m2 on the station’s shop and restaurant building, and 60 m2 on the station island canopy feature the solar-powered station.
Mr. Eric Fanchini, Managing Director, said that it was their goal to solarize at least 50 per cent of their network of 250 service stations within five years. As solar was now part of the modernization plan of Total Petroleum Ghana, the solar installation was in accordance with the company’s ambition of being the ‘responsible energy major’.
The management of Total was lauded by Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, Deputy Minister of Energy for taking advantage of the abundant renewable energy opportunities in the country.
With the objective of delivering over 55 mini-grids, 38,000 standalone solar home systems and 15,000 net-metered solar-with-storage systems for homes and small-medium enterprise across the country, the Ministry of Energy had commenced the implementation of the scaling-up Renewable Energy Program (SREP).
In order to reduce their reliance on the national grid as well as improve the financial health of the utility companies, the Ministry was accelerating the process of promoting the use of solar in public buildings and facilities.
Total was praised by MrKojo Jackson, Director, Human Resource and Administration, National Petroleum Authority (NPA) for being the first fuel company in the country to commission a solar service station in Ghana and urged to maintain the high standards in their operations. PWKD03072018
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