Eni to develop 20MW solar project in Ghana
The Italian oil and gas company, Eni, has announced plans to develop a 20MW photovoltaic (PV) project in Ghana.
The project will be located in the Tamale area, in the north region of Ghana, and is part of several of the company’s activities in the country.
Eni has also been developing an integrated oil and gas project in the Offshore Cape Three Points (OCTP) block, as well as investing GHS45.2mn (US$10mn) into improving the living conditions in the west of Ghana.
The firm also has plans to assess the Volta basin with the outcome being the installation of floating PV power plants.
The PV project is adhering to the Government of Ghana’s new aim to source 10% of its energy from generation mix from renewables by 2020.
The renewable industry is new to Eni, who previously worked with traditional fuels.
With the aims of diversifying the business, in September Eni cooperated with Sonatrach, an Algerian power company backed by the government, to make a 10MW PV plant.
For Ghana this is the first major step towards solar development, following years of zero growth.
Earlier this year, the nation’s largest supplier of solar power, Volta River Authority (VRA) unveiled plans to develop two utility-scale PV plants in the upper west region of Ghana.
5 minutes with... Janthana Kaenprakhamroy, CEO, Tapoly
Founder and CEO of award-winning insurtech firm Tapoly, Janthana Kaenprakhamroy heads up Europe’s first on-demand insurance platform for the gig economy, winning industry awards, innovating in the digital insurance space, and leading with inclusivity.
Here, Business Chief talks to Janthana about her leadership style and skills.
What do you do, in a nutshell?
I’m founder and CEO of Tapoly, a digital MGA providing a full stack of commercial lines insurance specifically for SMEs and freelancers, as well as a SaaS solution to connect insurers with their distribution partners. We build bespoke, end-to-end platforms encompassing the whole customer journey, but can also integrate our APIs within existing systems. We were proud to win Insurance Provider of the Year at the British Small Business Awards 2018 and receive silver in the Insurtech category at the Efma & Accenture Innovation in Insurance Awards 2019.
How would you describe your leadership style?
I try to be as inclusive a leader as possible. I’m committed to creating space for everyone to shine. Many of the roles at Tapoly are performed by women and I speak at industry events to encourage more people to get involved in insurance/insurtech. Similarly, I always try to maintain a growth mindset. I think it’s important to retain values to support learning and development, like reliability, working hard and punctuality.
What’s the best leadership advice you’ve received?
Build your network and seek advice. As a leader, you need smart people around you to help you grow your business. It’s not about personally being the best, but being able to find resources and get help where needed.
How do you see leadership changing in a COVID world?
I think the pandemic has proven the importance of inclusive leadership so that everyone feels supported and valued. It’s also shown the importance of being flexible as a leader. We’ve had to remain adaptable to continue delivering high levels of customer service. This flexibility has also been important when supporting employees as everyone has had individual pressures to deal with during this time. Leaders should continue to embed this flexibility within their organisations moving forward.
They say ‘from every crisis comes opportunity’, what opportunities do you see?
The past year has been challenging, but it has also proven the importance of digital transformation in insurance. When working from home was required, it was much harder for insurers to adjust who had not embedded technology within their operating processes because they did not have data stored in the cloud and it caused communication delays with concerned customers at a time when this communication should have been a priority, which ultimately impacts the level of customer satisfaction. This demonstrates the importance of what we are trying to achieve at Tapoly in driving digitalisation in insurance and making communication between insurers and distribution partners seamless.
What advice would you give to your younger self just starting out in the industry?
Start sooner, don’t be afraid to take (calculated) risks and make sure you raise enough money to get you through the initial seed stage.