From pioneering solar company to international developer
Founded in 1998, Solarcentury has been around since the early days of the solar industry. We've been part of the rapid evolution that has made solar PV a mainstream energy source that it is today, and are proud to be one of the most respected solar companies in the world.
We're in business for a purpose: to make a meaningful difference in the fight against climate change through the widespread adoption of solar power.
We offer an integrated service: developing, structuring finance, building and operating solar projects at commercial and utility scale. We work with partners to bring solar and storage to their customers’ homes.
The value we bring
Our partners benefit from our experience in terms of engineering quality, financial stability and sheer breadth of deployment.
We’re committed to making solar more accessible and more attractive.
Development & sales
Site identification and design, securing connections, permitting and PPAs.
Corporate account management and portfolio site planning.
Account management of residential partners, and individual sales to their homeowner customers.
Tailored financing solutions.
EPC management, using Solarcentury's experience and warranty strength with trusted networks of contractors.
Ownership & operation
Monitoring, operation and maintenance.
Landowners seeking to diversify their business and looking for a cost effective way to turn their land into new energy generating capacity.
Co-developers wanting an international partner with a proven development track record in multiple markets.
Regulators and governments requiring trusted, experienced development partners, particularly relevant in emerging markets.
Asset-owners seeking a company with a proven track record in developing, delivering and operating utility-scale, commercial and residential solar and storage projects, or who may be in the market to sell these assets.
Blue-chip companies at the forefront of the corporate world in implementing low- and zero-carbon strategies, including solar retrofitting of their estates, who need a partner with unrivalled experience of installing solar on different types of roof.
Retail partners wanting a solar “one stop shop” for their customers, including a vetted and trained network of installers supported by best in class logistics, procurement and IT.
Suppliers wanting to work with an established, growing and ambitious solar developer, with a major pipeline of projects through to the 2020s.
An international portfolio
A selection of some of our projects spanning the globe
Solarcentury has been active in Latin America since 2012, with a pipeline of major projects in Chile since 2015. In April 2017, we completed our largest Latin American project to date, 40MWp Doña Carmen ground mount.
Solarcentury heeft in de afgelopen tien jaar een aantal dak- en grondinstallaties ontwikkeld in Duitsland. Zoals overal in een volwassen markt, wordt de toekomstige groei gedreven door de kosteneffectiviteit van de technologie, waarbij in Duitsland de zonne-energie op de schaal van nutsbedrijven al goedkoper is dan de marktprijs voor de groothandel. Hierdoor is zonne-energie financieel aantrekkelijk voor commerciële en industriële klanten.
Our East Africa office in Nairobi was established in 2013 and quickly gained a reputation for expertise and delivery across a range of solar applications, including pioneering hybrid and off-grid systems. Solarcentury has delivered a number of major projects in Kenya and has a strong pipeline across the wider East Africa region.
In 2018 Solarcentury won 57 megawatts (MW) of solar power capacity in the solar auction in France, marking the launch of its first development projects in the country.
Solarcentury has many years’ experience in the solar market in France, on residential and commercial scale projects. The auction wins are a significant milestone for Solarcentury’s French team, who, after three years developing a strong pipeline in the market, will construct, operate and manage the three French plants.
Solarcentury has developed a range of rooftop and ground-mount projects in Germany over the past decade. As elsewhere in mature solar markets, future growth will be driven by the cost effectiveness of the technology, with utility-scale solar in Germany already below the wholesale market price, which makes solar financially viable for a range of commercial and industrial clients.
Solarcentury has long experience of the Spanish market dating back to 2007. Today Solarcentury Iberia has a strong development pipeline in place and is well placed to take advantage of the new Spanish renewable energy auctions.
Mexico is an increasingly important market for Solarcentury. We established our Mexico office in 2014 and partnering with JinkoSolar, we won two large projects in the country’s 2016 renewable energy auction. In total we are developing over 200 MWp of projects won in the 2016 and 2017 auctions, with a very large further pipeline for deployment through to the 2020s.
Solarcentury completed our first unsubsidised solar farm in Panama in 2016. Earlier this year, our regional hub business in Panama City was boosted by the acquisition of a 400 MWp pipeline from local investment partner ECOSolar.
Solarcentury has been active in South Africa since 2013, delivering commercial rooftop projects.
Solarcentury has had a team in The Netherlands since 2012 and has built up a project pipeline of nearly 300 MWp. Our track record includes building the country’s largest solar farm to date in 2015 and winning 46 MWp in the Netherlands auction in 2017. Solar is forecast to continue enjoying strong growth in The Netherlands and it is one of Solarcentury’s core markets.
Solarcentury has been at the forefront of the UK solar sector since we were founded in London in 1998. We’ve won multiple project and product awards, including The Queen’s Award for Innovation. We were the first company to deploy more than 500 MWp in the UK, including world-leading installations, such as Blackfriars solar bridge in London. Solarcentury is IKEA’s solar homes partner, with this international scheme launching in the UK in 2015.
Western Africa is a blossoming market for Solarcentury and we have some exciting developments in the pipeline, working with international companies to reduce energy costs and their climate impact, taking advantage of the significant benefits of solar.
The highly qualified Solarcentury team is world-class, over 200 professionals led by senior executives with extensive experience in the renewable energy and power sector.
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