Dr. Philip Comberg joins Solarcentury board as an independent director
Solarcentury welcomes solar expert
Dr. Philip Comberg has joined Solarcentury’s board as an independent director to help further position the company for international growth. Philip was previously Chairman and then Chief Executive Officer of Conergy AG leading its turnaround and sale to Kawa Solar Holding where he has since been a member of the board of directors. Prior to this he served on the board of Chinese solar company Solarfun Power Holdings (now Hanwha SolarOne).
Frans van den Heuvel, CEO of Solarcentury said: “I am delighted to welcome Philip to our board. As a company, we’re at an exciting juncture as we expand into Africa and Latin America. Philip’s wealth of international solar experience, combined with his financial and commercial pedigree, is going to complement the existing breadth of talent on the Solarcentury board.”
Philip Comberg said: “I have admired Solarcentury over the years; joining a solar company that has been around since the early days of the industry, with a globally respected brand, is a fantastic opportunity, especially as more and more countries move into grid parity. The company has a clear vision for growth and is operating from a very strong financial position.”
Jeremy Leggett, founder and non-executive Chairman of Solarcentury said: “The board is thrilled to welcome as its first independent director someone with huge experience and an impressive success record in the solar industry internationally. Philip will add valuable firepower, alongside the existing investor experience-base, to our executive team as they contemplate how best to maximise the palate of opportunities to grow Solarcentury, consistent with its values, brand, and culture.”
Philip started his career as an M&A lawyer at Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Hong Kong and Düsseldorf. He then joined Deutsche Bank as an investment banker working in Frankfurt before becoming a founding partner of Alcosa Capital focusing on special situation investments in Germany. Philip studied law and Chinese in Heidelberg and Guangzhou (People’s Republic of China), subsequently completing a Master’s degree in New York and his doctorate in Düsseldorf.
Notes to editors
In November 2020 Solarcentury joined forces with Statkraft – read the press release here solarcenturyafrica.com/statkraft-acquires-solarcentury
About Solarcentury: Established in 1998, Solarcentury is a leading global solar power company that develops, constructs, owns and operates utility-scale solar and smart technology. Solarcentury is known internationally for developing and building some of the largest utility-scale solar projects in the UK, the Netherlands, Spain, Kenya and Mexico, including pioneering projects such as the world’s first solar bridge at Blackfriars Station in Central London.
Solarcentury’s mission is to make a meaningful difference in the global fight against climate chaos by making solar power the dominant energy source worldwide. During Solarcentury’s 22-year history the business has helped solar power become mainstream, and our projects have generated 6 billion kWh of clean electricity, saving over 1.7 million tonnes of CO2 emissions.
About Statkraft: Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, solar power, gas-fired power and supplies district heating. Statkraft is a global company in energy market operations. Statkraft has 4,000 employees in 17 countries. www.statkraft.com
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