Within the space of a few years, the French solar energy market has undergone profound and accelerated change. This change was driven by the stabilization and simplification of the regulatory framework, the intensification of the pace of tenders, and an overall increase in the government’s ambitions and initiatives.
Together with other factors - such as high levels of solar irradiation, the introduction of a beneficial self-consumption scheme and the rise of the additional remuneration mechanism - this has led to the emergence of one of the world’s most attractive solar markets.
|BENEDIKT ORTMANN /// HEAD OF BUSINESS AND MANAGING DIRECTOR - BAYWA R.E.|
| Since 2003, Benedikt Ortmann, PhD, dedicates his career to photovoltaic projects all
over the world. Before joining the team at BayWa r.e. in 2011, he built the
international project business for SOLON SE, Berlin, from scratch and turned it into a
successful and highly profitable business division. His career in the renewable energy
business started at S.A.G. Solarstrom AG, Freiburg, where he was CFO from 2003
BayWa r.e. Solar Projects GmbH is one of the TOP 10 solar development companies worldwide, providing greenfield development, turnkey construction, O&M, financing and sales of photovoltaic power plants. The company has installed a solar capacity of more than 1 GW and is a subsidiary of BayWa r.e., a part of the BayWa AG.
Expertise in the renewable energy business
HEAD OF BUSINESS AND MANAGING DIRECTOR /// BAYWA R.E.
|DAMIEN RICORDEAU /// FOUNDER & CEO - FINERGREEN|
|After graduating from Paris Dauphine University’s Master 225 in Corporate Finance and Financial Engineering, Damien Ricordeau started his career in 2008 in private equity by joining the Groupe Edmond de Rothschild where he was part of the investment team for several participations in fast-growing SMEs.
Building upon 5 years of buy-side experience, Damien decided in 2013 to turn towards green finance and founded Finergreen, a boutique advisory specialized in renewable energy.
After 3 years of fast growth on the French market, Damien took the company global, starting in Africa (2016) and shortly after in Asia (2017) and in the Middle East (2018). This strategy has enabled Finergreen to assert itself as a worldwide actor for renewable energy project finance.
FOUNDER & CEO /// FINERGREEN
|SÉBASTIEN CLERC /// CEO - VOLTALIA|
|CEO of Voltalia since 2011, Sébastien Clerc has over 25 years’ experience in specialized in the infrastructure sector, and notably renewable energies, for over 25 years. Following 10 years in project financing at Crédit Lyonnais in Canada, then in New York, he returned to France in 1999 to join Ixis, then a subsidiary of Caisse des dépôts, where he created and developed three activities: project financing consulting, management of infrastructure investment funds, then project financing. Sébastien Clerc was president of Natixis Environnement & Infrastructures (formerly IXIS Environnement & Infrastructures) from 2000 to 2011. From September 2009 he also managed Natixis Alternative Assets before joining Voltalia as CEO. Since he took his position, Voltalia successfully completed its IPO on Euronext Paris (comp.B) and achieved an additional capital increase of 170 million euros in 2016. On that same year, the acquisition of Martifer Solar allowed Voltalia to accelerate its growth on the African continent.
Sébastien Clerc is a graduate of IEP Paris and the University of Paris X.
CEO /// VOLTALIA
|ALEXANDRE SOROKO /// BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - UNIPER|
|Alexandre Soroko is in charge of developing business at Uniper France since 2015. As such, he is expanding the aggregation business in renewable energy (wind, solar, hydro) and the corporate PPA business through structuring deals for consumers as they transition to clean and sustainable energy.
His ten-year experience in energy started at France's Commission for Regulation in Energy (CRE) where he worked on harmonizing European energy markets and developing the interconnections in gas between France and neighbouring countries. Then, as a financial analyst at Oddo Securities, he served as an adviser to investors in energy. In 2011 he became a Key Account Manager at Uniper and worked with various European industrial groups for their energy demand.
Mr Soroko has a PhD in Law and Finance from the universities of Paris Dauphine (France) and Frankfurt (Germany).
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER /// UNIPER
|XAVIER DAVAL /// CEO & PRESIDENT - KILOWATTSOL|
|Xavier Daval is an international solar expert and CEO of kiloWattsol SAS, France #1 Solar Technical Advisory which he founded in 2007. Daval is an Electronic engineer and former Director EMEA of a NYSE-listed manufacturer of tools for the electronics industry.
Daval is Vice-President of Syndicat des Energies Renouvelables - SER (the French Renewable Energies industry association) and Chair of SER-SOLER its solar commission. Daval is also Director of the Global Solar Council (GSC).
Besides, Daval is an associated teacher with Lyon-I University and ENTPE Engineering school and a guest lecturer for Entrepreneurship at EM-Lyon, one of Europe’s top 10 business schools.
CEO & PRESIDENT /// KILOWATTSOL
|ANJALI SHANKER /// PRESIDENT - IED INVEST|
|An economist by training, Anjali Shanker first worked on the financial markets and spent extended periods in Asia, before taking over IED and later incorporating and developing the investment arm of the group, IED Invest in 2011, which focusses specifically on small scale renewable energy projects for sustainable rural development.
She has been involved and lead a number of rural electrification master plans, renewable energy feasibility studies, design of financial support instruments for donors. Her work now focuses particularly on the strategic development of the group, with an emphasis on excellence and a strong commitment to the sustainability of projects and local impacts. She leads the company’s project development and project financing activities: IED Invest is developer of renewable energy projects in Cambodia, the Cameroun, the Philippines and Central / West Africa, and currently owns and operates biomass units in Cambodia and is launching the construction of a mini hydro unit in the Cameroon.
PRESIDENT /// IED INVEST
Self consumption of solar power has become an attractive proposition for an increasing number of commercial energy consumers in France. A reason for this trend is that self-consumption has become a centrepiece of the energy transition, thanks to a range of instruments, from tenders to the #PlaceAuSoleil initiative. Also, many businesses realize that self consumption make sense from a bottom line perspective.
|PIERRE-JEAN DELHOUME /// MANAGER ENERGY SERVICES - UNIPER|
|Pierre-Jean Delhoume is Manager of Energy Services at Uniper France since 2017. He develops and deploys four major business lines for optimizing commercial and industrial customers' energy consumption: energy efficiency, renewable energy solutions, load management, and big data.
Previously as a consultant in energy & utilities at CGI Business Consulting, Pierre Jean has worked with different actors of the energy world, including Engie and Eni.
He is a certified engineer from the Ecole des Mines in Albi (France) and holds a Master in Optimization of Energy Systems from the Ecole des Mines in Paris.
MANAGER ENERGY SERVICES /// UNIPER
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We've built up a line of 'Unlocking Solar Capital' events - with editions in Africa, Latin America and Asia - that focus on connecting conventional financing with project development, we host the annual 'Making Solar Bankable' event in Amsterdam together with Dutch development bank FMO, and always include a wide range of financial topics and speakers in all the events we organize. Furthermore, we've hosted a series of conference on innovative financing methods and practices, like the 'Renewable Energy Crowdfunding' conferences (hosted twice in London) and the YieldCon events (organized in New York and London).
Expanding upon this and further aligned with our new 'Future Grid' division, we're approaching the topic of blockchain, which we had already touched upon in several of our other events.