Renewables developer DP Energy has recruited former Renewable Energy Investment Fund head Andrew Smith as its news chief investment officer to work primarily on upcoming funding rounds.

Smith is to start at County Cork-based DP Energy later this month and the firm’s chief executive Simon De Pietro said he would bring new skills to its management team.

“I have enjoyed sharing the platform with Andrew at a number of industry events in recent years and worked with him on the investment round in ScotRenewables Tidal Power in 2015.

“We share a common vision for tidal energy and the wider renewables sector, and his deal-making skills and wider business experience will be an invaluable asset to DP Energy as we move forward,” De Pietro said.

Smith meanwhile said he was seeking a new challenge in the renewables space.

“DP Energy’s range of renewables projects and interests across a number of jurisdictions, combined with Simon and Maureen de Pietro’s vision and their excellent team make for an exciting prospect for me,” he added.

Leicestershire-based aerial mapping specialists Bluesky have brought in Simon Schuffert as its new software engineer to power “further growth and development” at the firm, Bluesky’s technical director James Eddy said.

Bluesky provides aerial survey and photography work for the solar industry and Schuffert has been recruited to develop new software solutions to use in new products, with Eddy adding that future systems would possess “higher levels of automation” than before with Schuffert’s help.

“There is the potential for new products to be developed and launched to market and improvements in the existing production processes,” Schuffert said.

Elsewhere confusion continues to surround the fate of The Solar Cloth Company, which last week confirmed it had filed for administration around a year after raising just shy of £1 million through a crowd-funding campaign.

Five full-time employees are already known to have lost their jobs, however there had been talk of an existing shareholder in the firm stepping in to rescue the firm from collapse.

TSCC’s appointed administrator Gerald Irwin said that a sale could have been completed as early as last week, however there has yet to be any confirmation of a firm offer.