juwi Australia hires former FRV MD, sharpens utility scale focus

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After penetrating the Australian market in 2014 with the acquisition of Qi Power Limited focusing on a niche hybrid/off-grid segment, juwi successfully delivered Sandfire DeGrussa. The project is a hybrid solar, storage and diesel system at a copper mine site in Western Australia. It comprises a 10.6 MW solar facility coupled with a 6 MWh battery facility – integrated with an existing diesel generator.

Cameron Garnsworthy

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As the company is now looking to further expand its project development activities in the utility scale segment, the juwi board has decided to strengthen its project development expertise among the management team.

Cameron Garnsworthy, who brings with him a wealth of experience in the Australian solar and wind development space, has taken on the role of MD of juwi Australia.

Prior to juwi, Garnsworthy served as a managing director of Fotowatio Renewable Ventures in Australia. He is a non-executive director at the Clean Energy Council and a former general manager of the renewables arm of electricity generator and retailer Energy Australia. FRV had maintained a strong presence in the Australian marketplace, even through the large scale segment downturn when the Renewable Energy Target was under review. 

According to the German company, since its foundation in 1996, it has delivered over 4.4 GW of solar and wind projects worldwide with a total investment volume of more than $10 billion.

This article was amended on 15/2/2018 to reflect that juwi is not moving away from hybrid project development, but strengthening its utility scale capabilities.