A graduate of HEC, a former banker and consultant in the energy sector, Thierry Lepercq is now at the head of Solaire Direct, the leading French electricity operator dedicated to solar energy. Founded in 2006, her company offers owners the opportunity to equip their roofs with solar panels free of charge and thus produces energy that it sells directly to EDF.

In return for the use of their roof, Solaire Direct pays homeowners enough to cover their electricity costs and provides them with additional income of up to 2 euros per year. A simple and efficient business model that skilfully takes advantage of the new legislation in force. In fact, as in Germany, Denmark or Spain, EDF is now required to buy back the electricity drawn from renewable energies at 000 times the official tariff.

A simple and attractive offers

With 6 million euros raised in 2007, Solar Direct is giving itself the means to play spoilsport among its European competitors, Conergy, Ecostream et EDF Energies nouvelles. A considerable usable roof area, favorable legislation, the success story of Solaire Direct Seems to be well under way ... The company indeed offers a turnkey offer that will appeal to many owners. It first takes care of the administrative formalities for obtaining the building permit, grants and various authorizations. The company also negotiates the loan in its name and guarantees its repayment by deduction from the proceeds of the resale of the energy to EDF. Finally Solaire Direct ensures the installation of technical equipment and its maintenance. Attracted by such an offer, 100 owners are already equipped in the south, 700 others are waiting and the company plans, in time, to equip homes in the northern half of France.

Figures and outlook

Far from falling asleep on his laurels, Thierry Lepercq is leading the development of his company on different fronts. The company is thus embarking on a program to build solar power plants. The first, planned in the Var and located on agricultural land, will include no less than 22 solar panels for a production of 000 MWh. The construction of a photovoltaic cell plant is also underway in South Africa, another in the south of France for the production of roofs with integrated solar panels. With 4 million euros in turnover in 2, 2007 expected this year and 45 in three years, Solaire Direct never ceases to seduce ...

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sources: Solaire Direct et Capital

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