The company was founded in 2006 with the mission of making solar power accessible to all and fully competitive with other sources of energy. It has developed a distinctive model based on innovative engineering to industrialize processes and generate cost-effective and grid-compatible solar power: project development and local government partnerships, module production and systems integration, design and EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) of ground-mounted and rooftop systems, operation and maintenance, structured financing and legal engineering, power sales and smart grid services.
Solairedirect's business model is based on developing a broad ecosystem of partners in various fields to achieve, on a shared value basis, a broader goal: the development of a low cost and high social value solar power. To maximize the benefit of the project, target partners include communities and local governments (such as with Ester –Electricite Solaire des Territoires – program in France) and utilities, to demonstrate a collaborative approach that complements circuit-level asset management to promote reliability, and that supports related utility programs such as energy efficiency and demand response.
The company has a presence in France, South Africa, India, Chile, Thailand, China and the USA. Solairedirect has 300 employees and a total 120 MW (solar parks and rooftops). In 2011 it had revenues of 213 M€ and net profit of 19 M€.
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