Solamon Energy Sets Focus on Spanish-Speaking Territories
(Toronto) – After completing an exhaustive executive search throughout the summer months, Solamon Energy’s CEO Graeme Boyce is proud to announce today the appointment of Nicolas Del Valle to a position on the senior team as Senior Vice President, and also the promotion of Christian Giles to SVP. “We are leaving the development of the Dominican Republic’s solar market in the very capable hands of Mr Del Valle,” says Boyce, “and, based on our discoveries since May, we’ve shifted Mr Giles to Institutions, where he will deliver non-manufacturing facilities, from airports and arenas to hospitals and universities.”
The pair are tasked to develop critical strategic business relationships. Effective immediately, both will report directly to Jay Yeo, president. Del Valle, originally from the Dominican Republic, will be concentrating his efforts in Santa Domingo in the short-term and will focus on the acquisition of land tracts to supply solar energy to the capital city and its surrounding regions. Next year, he will establish a field office and recruit needed support personnel, as required to expand.
Last year Del Valle, degreed in Finance and Investment from the American Business Institute, and who has previously studied Marketing Management at Penn Foster and most recently Logistics Management at Centennial in Toronto, co-founded and launched Transcending Borders, a philanthropic initiative. “However, given his decade in hospitality and as an established entreprenuer,” says Boyce, “Del Valle will quickly enjoy success in the coastal regions of Puerto Plata and Punta Cana, as well as the vast open lands and commercial operations to the south.”
Giles will continue to review and explore existing opportunities to design and install Apollo Acre™ (ground mount, rooftop and parking lot) systems across the non-Spanish-speaking countries of the Caribbean, in the wake of his recent fact-finding tour of the Antilles chain, including U.S. Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Sint Maarten.
“In addition to private organizations and corporations in the Caribbean making the leap to renewables,”Boyce explains, “governments and their representatives are now beginning to issues tenders, having concluded their own researches and investigations into the viability of large integrated systems. In our discussions, we caution all people about assessing the value in a properly integrated system over the long-term and not simply the cost of the cheapest panels on the market primarily coming out of China these days. So, to grow and succeed, our executives first need to establish a trusted relationship with government officials and business leaders to ensure that our proposition is clearly communicated.”
The company is excited not only to deliver turnkey power plants using renewable energy sources, such as sun and wind, to Caribbean countries, but to develop long-term relationships that are mutually beneficial. “Our executives are certainly looking for partners on each island to manage each Apollo Acre™ array,” Boyce adds, “but those willing to also establish a suitable post-implementation training program, or several, in collaboration with relevant government agencies that we have come across on each island, especially on the larger projects.”
Solamon provides a fully managed solution for each Apollo Acre™, a turnkey process from beginning to end including site inspections, project design and development, as well as addressing requisite environmental and local permitting, 3rd party engineering, procurement and construction, as well as system testing and eventual commissioning, security and maintenance.
Solamon typically offers a ground-mounted solar array of integrated photovoltaic cells over 5 acre packages of land, which is called the Apollo Acre™. The company now also designs and installs custom solutions with local partners to provide roof-mounted and parking lot systems that could be easily augmented by micro wind turbine technology. “Our systems can be tied into the grid, or not,” concludes Boyce. “We are flexible and with our developing relationship with BP Solar can bundle utility-sized energy deals in order to finance them efficiently.”