28.09.2020 / Press, EMEA, Solar
Greg Austin has been appointed Regional Director for the EMEA region and will start 1st of October 2020.
“The EMEA region has seen some refocusing in line with the new strategic direction during the last years and we start to see the strategy paying off”, says Stephan Hansen, Member of the Board of the juwi Group. “We see excellent potential in a growing renewable market across the EMEA region and we want to capitalize on this.”
Greg Austin worked since 2000 in the renewable energy sector before joining juwi in 2012 as Managing Director of juwi South Africa. He built up the South African PV and wind business to be a market leader in project development, EPC and O&M with close to 20 percent market share and a strong brand presence. He also oversaw the restructuring of the O&M business with a local partner to position it for the long run, while expanding the O&M business to include third-party O&M clients.
Greg Austin has established the Cape Town office as the hub for the region’s Hybrid business, while guiding the development of over 2 GW of on-shore wind and solar PV projects in South Africa. More recently, Greg is supporting the development of new business strategies and models for the South African market in cooperation with juwi’s mother company MVV and with direct relevance for the EMEA region.
“I am very excited to take on this fantastic opportunity in EMEA. I am sure that my technical, commercial and management background, project development and strategy development knowledge together with my experience of working in the EMEA team over the years will allow me to quickly get up to speed with the priorities of this role and support the team to grow our business further”, says Greg Austin.
“I’m very happy that Greg is taking over this new responsibility. He has demonstrated his leadership in the challenging market environment of South Africa over the last 8 years and knows juwi as well as the EMEA management team already, which will certainly be very valuable in this role”, adds Stephan Hansen.
juwi is active in the EMEA markets in South Africa, Greece and Italy with an integrated business model from project development to EPC and O&M. juwi is also successfully positioned as a leader in the hybrid mining segment in Africa expanding juwi’s technical competence to the integration of storage technology. Currently juwi EMEA’s 2021 & 2022 pipeline is over 1,200 MW per year in different stages of maturity, excluding projects currently under construction. In addition, the EMEA region has 430 MW under long term O&M contracts, with a pipeline of over 1 GW.