Total Petroleum Ghana Ltd, has commissioned its first solar power service station at Tema, Ghana.

The project forms part of the company’s modernization plan to solarize at least 50% of its network station within five years.

The solar-powered service station which has a capacity of 35 kilowatt with a total of 225m² solar panels was managed by a local Ghanaian Engineering and Solar team.

The Managing Director Mr. Eric Fanchini during the launch said that, the move is in line with the company’s vision to be a responsible energy major.

“And as one of Ghana’s leading oil marketing company, it is delighted to complement the efforts of the government in prioritizing the use of solar energy,” he said.

He mentioned that the future of the world’s energy is shaped by climate change and the growing demand for electricity and as a result, renewable energy, is crucial for development.

Exhilarated about the development, the Deputy Minister of Energy. Hon. Amin Adam, entreated businesses to get involved and take advantage of the opportunity as renewable energy comes with numerous benefits.

According to him, Total Petroleum Ghana has not only transformed one of its service stations but has also diversified its energy portfolio in the Ghanaian market.

The initiative according to him, augments the effort of the Ministry of Energy in reducing the demand to invest in fossil fuel-powered plants.

Apart from providing electricity, solar energy can also be used in cooking and pasteurizing food.