As part of its international expansion, Enviromena has opened a global centre for performance monitoring, reporting and asset management in the United Kingdom.
The high-tech operation based near Reading, England, will support the growth of renewable assets under management across the Middle East, North Africa and Central Europe. Operating a twenty-four-hour service to accommodate international time zones and ensure optimal coverage, the setup boasts the best of British and international talent with a team of highly skilled O&M and asset management personnel, including qualified management accountants.Enviromena has one of the largest footprints of clean energy projects in the MENA region, where solar represents a $20 billion industry. The company has installed more than 17,000 solar systems, and currently has in excess of 380MWp under management. Additionally, Enviromena currently has 260MWp under construction with a further 500MWp in development.
Among its flagship projects are the 103MW Quweira Solar PV Plant in Jordan, 256MWp at the Benban solar complex in Egypt and a rooftop installation at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
Enviromena is also delighted to have appointed Mark Harding as the head of global control centre. Harding has more than 10 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry and in his role as head of global control centre, he is responsible for overseeing the performance monitoring and reporting functions of Enviromena’s global O&M asset base.
This includes the ongoing development of innovative monitoring and management systems to enhance Enviromena’s O&M offering. Harding also provides a key link between Enviromena’s O&M team and its growing asset management offering. He said: “Being in Europe is vital for our expansion plans not least it will allow Enviromena to attract experts from the renewables industry within the matured European markets.”
Enviromena’s director of O&M, Vasileios Chatzimpaloglou, said: “We are delighted to have established a base in Britain to service our global operations and maintenance offering, the UK has a wealth of talent and expertise in the solar PV market. It is an exciting step towards the evolution of Enviromena as we set our sights on the global market.”
Setting its sights on clean energy projects in Europe, the opening of the Reading office represents an important landmark. Enviromena chairman Mark Lemmon said: “We know that countries such as Germany, Spain and Italy have been pushing the renewables agenda for some years but there are definitely more opportunities to be realised in those markets. No-one else is better placed to take advantage of these opportunities.
“Enviromena has been leading the way for 12 years, installing the latest solar technology in the challenging Middle East and North African markets and now we aim to take that pedigree to a global platform. We think the marriage of Enviromena’s Middle East experience and the talent available in the UK will give us the competitive edge. This really is a good news story for Great Britain in the current climate of uncertainty around Brexit and it shows that established international companies are willing to come and invest in the UK.”