Solarcentury

About us

Why choose Solarcentury?

Why choose Solarcentury? Put simply, because we’re one of the world’s most trusted, respected and long-standing solar companies.

In fact, we’ve been around since the early days of the solar industry. Founded in 1998, we’ve been part of the evolution that has made PV the attractive investment it is today. We’ve put solar on more types of sites than any other company in the industry, and have won multiple awards for product innovation.

What’s more, we’re in it for the long-haul. This isn’t just our business, it’s our mission. Our commitment to making solar accessible is deep-rooted and long-term, and our solidly-established business is growing steadily worldwide.

So when you choose Solarcentury, you know you’re in very good hands.

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What do we do?

Projects: We work directly with our clients to develop, design and install commercial, industrial and utility-scale solar.

Contract manufacture: We manufacture the award-winning range of C21e tiles and slates.

All our customers benefit from our experience in terms of engineering quality, superior yields and sheer breadth of deployment.

We’re a big believer in helping solar PV change our world for the better. Every year we contribute 5% of our net profits to the charity we founded, SolarAid, which aims to eradicate dangerous kerosene lamps from Africa by 2020.

And our business is global and growing, with offices in the UK, Italy and The Netherlands, as well as a growing presence in Africa and Latin America.

Vision & principles

Vision

Vision

Solarcentury is in business for a purpose: we want to make a big difference in the fight against climate change through widespread adoption of solar power.

We envisage solar systems on the roofs of homes and businesses, backed up by solar parks and the whole family of renewables – supplying clean power and achieving deep cuts in emissions. As the global market for renewable energy grows, millions of jobs are being created in research, installation and manufacturing.

Principles

  1. To create lasting positive change
    We exist to make positive changes in the world of energy: economically, environmentally and socially.
  2. To make our business thrive
    We deliver change by building an inspiring and sustainable business that invests in its people and those it works with.
  3. To create great ideas, products and services for our customers
    We lead in imagination and innovation in order to make solar simple and accessible.

Environmental statement

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Cut us open and you’d find "the environment" written on our heart. So you won’t be surprised to hear that we try hard to cut carbon emissions in everything we do.

To see how we put our ideals into practice, download our latest Environmental Statement below:

2013 Environmental statement

2012 Environmental statement

2011 Environmental statement

2010 Environmental statement

2009 Environmental statement

Environmental Policy

For any questions please contact our Environmental Coordinator kiri.coubrough@solarcentury.com.

Some of our awards and accolades…

We don’t like to blow our own trumpet. But it’s good to know that our passionate belief in solar, and our commitment to making it accessible worldwide, has been recognised time and again by people whose opinion counts.

Queen's Award for Enterprise 2011
The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 Award 2011
Gold Award - Workplace Giving UK 2011
Guardian Global Cleantech 100 company 2010
EMAS
ISO 9001
ISO 14001
OHS 18001
Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy 2007
Sunday Times Best Companies
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…and accreditations

We’re an accredited member of the The Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) and all our products are certified by them. This tells our customers that we’re able to manufacture and install to the highest standards every time.
We have appointed PV Cycle as our authorised Producer Compliance Scheme (PCS) provider, ensuring we comply with the Electrical and Electronic Equipment (EEE) Producer Compliance Scheme. This means we take responsibility for the environmental impact of our products when they become waste. Read more here…
And the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) has recognised us as a company striving to continuously improve our environmental performance. This is great, because we really do. Our EMAS accreditation requires us to publish an Environmental Statement that’s independently checked for accuracy and reliability by an environmental verifier. You can read our latest statement here…

The management team

Jeremy Leggett
Non Executive Chairman

Social entrepreneur Jeremy, author of The Carbon War and Half Gone, is founder and non-executive chairman of Solarcentury and founder and chairman of SolarAid, an African solar lighting charity set up with Solarcentury profits. Described by the Observer as "Britain’s most respected green energy boss," he writes and blogs for the Guardian, the Financial Times, and Sublime Magazine. He was the first Hillary Laureate for International Leadership on Climate Change, a CNN Principal Voice, and Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards. He is on the associate faculties, lecturing in business and environment, at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge and St Gallen.

Order Jeremy's new book, The Energy of Nations, here.

Frans van den Heuvel
Chief Executive Officer

On joining Solarcentury as CEO, Frans was welcomed by Jeremy Leggett as "one of the most experienced CEOs in the downstream solar business" with "a gold-plated reputation in our industry". Previously Frans was the founder and CEO of Dutch solar photovoltaics company Scheuten Solar from 1999 to 2010, managing up to 550 staff and opening several branches across Europe, USA, Canada and the UAE to create a turnover of 300 million euros. In 2011, he founded and led ProxEnergy, a solar installation company and developer of smart-grid products and services, before joining Solarcentury in May 2012.

Neil Perry
Chief Financial Officer

Before joining Solarcentury in 2000 Neil had over 15 years' experience in the investment industry. After seven years as an analyst and portfolio manager, he joined Baring Securities Latin America in 1991. He was the Institutional Investor #1 ranked analyst in his sector for three consecutive years and, as Director of Latin American Research, headed the top equity team in the region. In 1995 he was included in Worth Magazine’s ‘The World’s Top 50 Financial Market Movers’ survey. Before returning to the UK, where he worked for BSCH, he was CEO of ING Baring Securities in Argentina.

Pat Splinter
Director

Pat is currently Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director at VantagePoint Capital Partners, one of Silicon Valley’s leading venture capital firms specializing in energy innovation and efficiency, with over $4 billion under management. She is responsible for executing VantagePoint’s strategy and overseeing global operations which includes deal flow, investment activity, mergers and acquisitions and board-level participation at a number of portfolio companies. Pat has an extensive 34-year background of success leading and growing workforces globally, managing multi-million dollar budgets, advising executives and implementing tactical initiatives at large multinational corporations and early-stage companies. For much of her career Pat was an executive at Intel Corporation, where she held a variety of senior management roles, and previously served as an executive at Maxtor Corporation and NetManage.

Andreas Eggenberg
Director

Andreas is CEO of Grupo ECOS, which manages two Private Equity Investment funds of Swiss origin (Ecos Sustainable Equity Fund, Inc. y Ecos Forestry Fund Inc.), with an investment focus on clean technologies, renewable energy and sustainable forestry. Previously he was Executive Director at Amanco Agricultural Solutions, a leading Latin American irrigation systems provider based in Brazil, as well as holding various executive positions at Grupo Nueva and Amanco in Argentina, Costa Rica and Guatemala. He was also Senior VP at Volkart Brothers Holding, and Executive Director at Green Cross International. He is a Member of the Boards of Avina Foundation, Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD) Panama, of the Advisory Boards of the IADB Conference on Corporate Social Responsibility, and of the Latin American Advisory Board of the World Water Forum; he is a faculty member of Sustainability, London; and was Chairman of the Board of Fundes Guatemala and member of the local INCAE Council. A Swiss national fluent in six languages, Andreas holds a Business Administration degree and Executive Management specializations from the Universities of Munich, UCLA, Kellogg and INCAE. He also is a Political and Economic scientist graduated from the University of Lausanne.

Sven Hansen
Director

Zouk Capital LLP. Dr Sven Hansen’s career spans over 20 years in private equity and investment banking in the clean-tech, environment and energy sectors. Sven joined Zouk in 2010 as a Venture Partner and brings a wealth of experience in deal sourcing, transactions and strategy to both the clean technology and solar infrastructure teams.

Having created the role of Global Head of Environmental Risk Management at UBS, Sven has spent much of his career investing in and supporting the clean-tech industry. As Partner at Black Emerald, founder of InErgies Capital and Chief Investment Officer of Good Energies, Sven consolidated his position as one of the world’s most experienced clean-tech investors, with exposure to the advisory, investment banking and private investment practices of the industry. Over the last decade he has been engaged in growing some of the world’s largest solar companies across Europe, Asia and North America such as Concentrix, Norsun, Q-Cells, REC, Solarcentury, Solarfun, Trina. Sven has been involved in investments in over 40 clean-tech companies and in listing four companies (QCE, REC, SOLF, TSL).

Sven studied at the Universities of Basel and St. Gallen where he earned his Ph.D. in 1992 on Environmental Risk Management. His work on the environment and finance has been widely published in both academic and mainstream literature and he is a regular speaker at clean-tech conferences.

Gary Le Sueur
Director

Gary is a Partner at SEP where he focuses on investing in oil and gas, environmental and clean energy sectors as well as being heavily involved in the firm's fundraising and investor relations activities.

He was instrumental in SEP's recent raising of the Environmental Energies Fund, a £95 million secondary fund raised by SEP in partnership with SSE plc and other investors and currently heads up this side of SEP's business. A founding member of SEP, Gary has significant investment experience in a wide range of technology businesses and works closely with management teams, influencing strategic and commercial development. Gary helped establish the firm's London office and still spends a significant amount of time there.

He is a member of the BVCA Venture Committee. Before joining SEP, Gary worked with Clydesdale Bank, Deutsche Morgan Grenfell and was a practising lawyer with Shepherd and Wedderburn.CV

With 130 people and counting, Solarcentury’s global and growing team includes designers, engineers, project managers, consultants, logistics and support staff.

We’re an eclectic bunch, with wildly different backgrounds: the oil and power industries, environmental groups, construction, the armed forces, government, development and aid charities, the IT industry, investment banking and more.

What does that mean for you? Well, these diverse pasts have given us an unusual breadth of knowledge, a refreshingly wide perspective and an approach that’s firmly real-world rather than wishful-thinking.

But however different our backgrounds, one thing firmly unites us: our belief that solar energy is a vital tool in solving the growing energy crisis and in combating global warming.

Life at Solarcentury

Friendly, enthusiastic people working hard on something they believe in. That’s what gives Solarcentury its extraordinary sense of unity and its lively buzz.

Although we work across different countries, we’re very much a team. Every quarter the whole company gets together for a catch-up (in person or by phone), so that we’re all up to date. Then every quarter we have a longer off-site meeting – followed by a few drinks if there’s still more to talk about (and there usually is!).

Interested in joining us? Here’s what we can offer:

  • A really inspiring, friendly and rewarding place to work.
  • The chance to help in the battle against climate change.
  • The rare experience of working with people united by shared beliefs.
  • The support and opportunities you need to develop yourself and your career.

We’re always keen to hear from talented people who share our passion and commitment – so if that sounds like you, please sign up for job alerts.

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Interested in joining us? Check out our LinkedIn page for all available roles and opportunities.

Solarcentury is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment to all employees and applicants for employment and thereby demonstrate to its customers, employees and all other stakeholders that its 'people, policies and procedures' are fair, unbiased and objective.

Equal opportunities in Solarcentury means freedom from discrimination on the grounds of sex, working patterns, ethnic or national origin, colour, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief, or age.

Unfortunately we’re not currently in a position to sponsor employees from overseas. Therefore all candidates will be asked to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK during the recruitment process.

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