Solarcentury lands solar industry star as new CEO

Solarcentury has announced the appointment of Frans van den Heuvel as its new CEO. Van den Heuvel was previously CEO of Dutch solar PV company Scheuten Solar and ProxEnergy, a solar installation company and developer of smart-gird products and services. The Dutchman has over 13 years of industry experience, specialising in the design, manufacture and installation of solar for buildings and solar parks.   

Welcoming the appointment, Jeremy Leggett, Chairman of Solarcentury said: "Frans is one of the most experienced CEOs in the downstream solar business, and has a gold-plated reputation in our industry. We’re thrilled to have landed his services. He has led huge growth in exactly the markets Solarcentury is targeting: building-integrated and building-applied solar, plus solar parks. He joins us at a time when solar prices are falling fast globally, meaning substantial markets will open up in the next few years; as a McKinsey report highlighted only last week.”

Leggett added: “He inherits a vision-led and battle-hardened team, with a strong pipeline of products and projects, just as the company has begun to expand into new markets. Together we bring a quarter of a century of solar experience to the marketplace, and a shared vision of building-integrated solar and the good it can bring to society. I am certain we can be a formidable team in advancing the interests of our company, our industry, and the planet."

Beginning his role on Tuesday 8th May, Frans van den Heuvel, CEO, Solarcentury outlined his excitement for the new position, commenting: "I am delighted to join the team at Solarcentury, a skilled and strongly motivated team of professionals. Its strategy is much in line with the one I developed over the years in my previous roles. In this volatile industry, it is of major importance to continue to adapt to the ever-changing market situation. Although it is a tough time for many in the industry there are also many opportunities. I am determined to grasp these opportunities with my new team."