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New chair for Triodos Renewables
Simon Roberts has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Triodos Renewables
Simon Roberts has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Triodos Renewables Plc. Simon will carry out the non-executive post alongside his role as Chief Executive of the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), an independent national charitable company which helps people and organisations from the public, private and voluntary sectors meet the twin challenges of rising energy costs and climate change.
With more than 4,800 shareholders, Triodos Renewables is the most widely-owned renewable energy investment company in the UK. Through a series of six public share issues since the company was launched in 1995, the company has built the UK’s largest community of individual shareholders investing together in renewable energy.
Triodos Renewables owns and operates nearly 40 megawatts (MW) of wind and hydro projects around Great Britain. Together these generated nearly 100 million units of electricity in 2011. The company has a further 15MW of projects in the pipeline which it hopes to acquire and construct over the next 18 months.
Simon welcomed his new non-executive role.
“Triodos Renewables has a vital purpose – enabling people to take a genuine and rewarding financial stake in a growing portfolio of renewable energy developments across Great Britain. Its aims align really well with CSE’s work to engage people and communities with their energy sources and use. I’m thrilled to be appointed as Chair of the Board of Directors and look forward to helping the company grow and thrive, delivering sustainable energy to the grid and sustainable returns to shareholders.”
Triodos Renewables Executive Director, Matthew Clayton, added: "The team is delighted with Simon’s appointment. His passion for connecting people with their energy and environment fits well with Triodos Renewables’ ethos and will build on the achievements of the outgoing chair, Charles Secrett. This, complimented by Simon’s familiarity with the company as Managing Director 10 years ago and Non-executive Director over the last three years, provides the team and shareholders with confidence in the company’s commitment to building a truly sustainable energy portfolio."
Simon has been a Non-executive Director of Triodos Renewables since 2009 and was the company’s Managing Director between 1999 and 2002 before moving to CSE. He took over from out-going chair, Charles Secrett, following the company’s AGM in Bristol on 15 June. Charles Secrett remains on Triodos Renewables' board as a non-executive director.
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About Triodos Renewables Plc
Triodos Renewables is a public limited company, with 4,800 investors who want their money to make a practical difference in the fight against climate change, and who recognise the long-term business potential of renewable energy.