Ben Fawcett has more than 20 years’ experience in the UK and European energy industry, of which 17 years is within the EDF Group.
Ben joined EDF in the 2004. He initially worked on the optimisation and origination of gas generation and storage assets, before moving in the M&A team where he focused on securing external investment into the Hinkley Point C project. Since 2015 Ben has been part of EDF Renewables, initially as Head of Strategy & Analysis and now as Head of Solar.
In his role as Head of Strategy & Analysis, Ben made a substantial contribution to expanding the business beyond its historical focus on onshore wind. On the strategy front, Ben secured board approval to enter the Solar and Irish markets.
On the M&A front, Ben led the acquisition of the leading Storage company Pivot Power and also led a major divestment in the onshore wind business, securing hundreds of millions of pounds for reinvestment.
Since becoming Head of Solar Ben and the team have acquired two 50MW consented solar projects and a 51% interest in a 300MW+ hybrid Solar/Storage site. Early synergies from the Pivot Power acquisition were achieved by combining a Pivot Power grid connection and EDF Energy land interest, leading to EDF Renewables first planning permission for a Solar project. All three projects have been combined with CPPA’s and FID secured for 2022 build out.
The company has built up a significant pipeline of Solar projects comprising and sees Solar as a key part of its growth in the UK.
Ben is a Director of Pivot Power and Longfield Solar, and was an elected Pension Trustee of the EDF Energy Penson Scheme from 2016-2021.
Ben has a degree from University of York in Economics & Politics and a MBA from the Kellogg-WHU Executive MBA Program.
This session will explore the impact that mega projects are having on the market, whether they are having any impact in communities’ appetite to live near solar projects and the appetite that lenders and investors have in this segment of the market.