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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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.
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.
In 2006 we established the international development charity SolarAid whose goal is to eradicate kerosene lamps from Africa.
A contribution from Gill Perkins, Conservation Manager at the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, discussing solar farms and how they help to reverse declining bee species, flora and fauna.
South Africa has become the tenth country globally harnessing renewable energy from the sun, having connected more than half a gigawatt of utility-scale solar.