Solarcentury named as UK’s fastest growing private renewable energy company

Solarcentury named as UK’s fastest growing private renewable energy company

The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 ranks Britain’s private technology, media and telecoms companies with the fastest-growing sales over the last three years of available accounts.  Run by CEO Derry Newman and founded in 1999 by Chairman Jeremy Leggett, Solarcentury grew revenue by an average 37% p.a from 2008 to 2011, rising from £19m in 2008 to £50m in 2011. Sales in continental Europe accounted for 50% of Solarcentury’s revenue in 2010.
Solarcentury recently received the Queens Award for Enterprise for innovation. The company designs and manufactures its solar products for residential and commercial buildings and supplies them to hundreds of solar installers across the UK, France and Italy. Solarcentury has also managed the installation of well over 9,000 solar projects, including many for Housing Associations; national and local house builders; the Eden Project; the UK Environment Agency; Europe’s largest vertical solar facade on the CIS Tower Manchester; over 280 schools in the UK and 28 secondary schools for the Province of Milan, Italy.  
Derry Newman, CEO, Solarcentury said: “Solarcentury is driving forward the change to renewable and clean solar energy by leading the way in building integrated solar products and large solar energy installations.  Our project and product sales success means we can progress in product design and manufacture to meet these goals.  Our design team now uses innovation and manufacturing techniques more familiar in the automotive and high tech consumer electronics industries; this makes our products very simple and fast to install, our solar electric tiles and slates now being used by installers just like any other roofing product.   We believe we have now developed more solar products which replace building materials than anyone else. That gives building owners more choice than ever in generating their own clean energy.”


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About Solarcentury
Solarcentury is one of Europe’s fastest growing and most innovative
solar photovoltaics (PV) companies. It is the UK’s most experienced PV
company. The private company was founded by Chairman Jeremy Leggett in
1998. Solarcentury, now over 120 staff, continues to grow rapidly to
meet increasing demand for products and services in the UK and
throughout the EU. The company is led by CEO Derry Newman, ex Managing
Director Sony UK, and based in London, with staff in the UK, France and

Since 1998, Solarcentury has managed the installation of well over 1000
solar PV turnkey projects. Solarcentury has helped over 9,000 homes go
solar through its supply of systems to housebuilders and through its
network of regional associate installers. It is the founding company of
the schools initiative Solar4Schools. In 2008 & 2010, Solarcentury was
named the UK’s Fastest Growing Renewable Energy Company by UK’s Sunday
Times Tech Track 100. In April 2011 it was awarded a Queens Award for
Enterprise in innovation.

Notes to editors
In November 2020 Solarcentury joined forces with Statkraft – read the press release here

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.

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