Olivier Renon is Sonnedix’s Executive Vice President for Business Development, driving forwards the company’s growth through a deep pipeline of development opportunities across all our markets.
Some of Olivier’s most proud accomplishments with Sonnedix include spearheading the company’s business in South Africa, which entailed leading Sonnedix’s activities in the country, from the development, financing and construction of the largest PV plant built in the history of the company to staffing and leading the local team in Cape Town. The plant is generating much needed electricity to the country since mid-2016 and is having a significant impact on the economic development of the surrounding communities. In addition, Olivier also played a key role in negotiating the acquisition of the Atacama solar project in Chile, which is currently in execution.
One of the main reasons he joined Sonnedix in 2012 was his desire to be part of a team that’s truly global in both its operations and its thinking. His current responsibilities include overseeing the investments that Sonnedix makes in Asia, which at the moment, are focused on Japan. To that end, Olivier works closely with Sonnedix Japan—Sonnedix’s trusted operator for investments made by the company in Japan—to ensure that the country’s activities play an integral role in the continued growth of Sonnedix.
His career has spanned nearly 20 years in the power industry, including working for utilities in France (EDF) and Canada (AECL) in nuclear energy roles, before transitioning to renewable energy. Prior to joining Sonnedix, Olivier led business development for AES Solar in France and South Africa, and Terreal in France. He was also a researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, which works closely with the US’s Department of Energy on numerous energy efficiency related topics. Since joining Sonnedix, Olivier has played a role in furthering the impact of solar energy by speaking at conferences on topics including the solar PV global market, the solar market in Japan, Sonnedix’s market view and the role of advanced technologies in the renewables industry, like energy storage.
Olivier holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Ecole Centrale de Nantes, as well as an MBA from the Université Paris-Sorbonne in France.
To Olivier, the best thing about working at Sonnedix is the quality of the intellectual debates among his colleagues, which are marked by their creativity and out-of-the-box mindset.