Alistair Jessop is SolarReserve’s Senior Vice President of Development, responsible for driving SolarReserve’s continued growth through initiating and developing projects and business opportunities across Europe, Africa, the Middle East and India.
Jessop’s efforts have resulted in the development of a portfolio of 800 megawatts (MW) of concentrating solar power projects in Spain, a 2,000MW portfolio in Southern Africa, 1,000MW of solar projects in India, prequalification for 50MW in Egypt, and the development of a commercial roof top business in South Africa. He led the development and financing of three solar PV projects now in full operation in South Africa: the Lesedi (75MW), Letsatsi (75MW) and Jasper (96MW) projects. In addition Jessop led development of the Redstone 100 MW CSP project awarded preferred bidder status in round 3 of the South African REIPPP program. Jessop was instrumental in the opening of SolarReserve offices in the United Kingdom, Spain, Turkey, South Africa and United Arab Emirates to serve these rapidly expanding regional markets, and is presently establishing a presence in India.
Jessop has 20 years of international power industry experience in business development, construction and project financing. His extensive expertise spans projects covering multiple technologies including natural gas, oil-fired, wind energy, biomass and solar energy projects.
Jessop joined SolarReserve from Invenergy, one of the largest privately owned renewable energy businesses in the world, where he was Vice President for Europe. Jessop’s prior roles include Vice President for Europe with Insight Energy and Director for Western Europe with Rolls-Royce Power Ventures.
In 2001, Jessop completed an intensive Accelerated Development Program at the London Business School. Jessop gained a Rolls-Royce scholarship for his university studies where he achieved a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering, with Honours, from the University of Wales, Cardiff