What motivated you to join Shizen Energy Group (SEG)? What is your career background?
I was asked to join the company by a university friend. Shizen Energy is the third company I have worked for. After graduating from university, I joined a general trading company, where I provided management support for overseas subsidiaries engaged in exporting and consumer finance. At my second company, a human resources start-up, I organized seminars for students and worked as a career consultant. Through my experience at these companies, I felt I would fit better in a start-up environment than a large corporation. I had an impression that the energy industry, being part of society's infrastructure, was a massive, heavy industry, however it was surprising that a small start-up company could enter this field. And the job of creating RE, which allows me to feel connected to nature while working, felt like a real match for me, and these are the reasons why I decided to join the company.
What are your current job responsibilities?
I am a project manager for solar power plants. In order to construct a single power plant, a project has several steps such as securing land, engineering/design, obtaining government permits/approvals, financing, and construction work. And the project starts by formulating the whole plan for these steps. In order to execute each step as planned, we consult with experts in various fields both inside and outside the company and negotiate with numerous stakeholders. When something unexpected happens, we need to flexibly solve problems working together as a team.
What are your aspirations at SEG?
What I am most interested in now is supporting the growth of junior crew members. Through my work in RE development, I have been able to experience the excitement of creating a power plant, which is quite a large structure, in what used to be an empty lot of land. In working with many people within the company and local community, there are sometimes clashes of opinion, but we are always supportive of each other and feel joy together in pursuing the same goal, and this is a very rewarding experience. I would like our junior crew to overcome problems, complete projects they are in charge of, and improve their skills by gaining successful experiences. And at the same time, I would like them to fall in love with the work of creating RE. I believe that the more people become involved, the more it would naturally lead to Shizen Energy's mission of "taking action for the blue planet.”