10 Apr Solarus appoints René Laks as Managing Director in South Africa
VENLO – April 2018 – Solarus, developer and manufacturer of innovative hybrid solar collectors, appointed René Laks as Managing Director Solarus South Africa. The expansion of the management team was required due to the huge market potential in, especially, the southern part of Africa.
In his new role, Laks is responsible for Solarus subsidiary in South Africa with offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Laks, who previously worked for e.g. Shell, Essent and Groengas Nederland, moved to South Africa in 2015. In the past three years Laks represented ECN in South-Africa as independent consultant.
Earlier this month Solarus already signed a partnership agreement with the African New Southern Energy (NSE). This renewable energy provider provides its customers in Africa full energy service. From assessment and financing to installation and maintenance. Expansion of the Solarus partner network with NSE contributes to the company’s goal to expand Solarus footprint in hospitality and (food)industry in this region.
Leen Zevenbergen, CEO: ‘With the specific experience of Laks and his extensive network in Southern Africa in combination with the cooperation with NSE, we are convinced to be better provided to meet customers’ needs and to realize our growth ambitions.
Solarus is a private company founded in 2006 and it develops, produces and sells hybrid solar PowerCollectors with a peak efficiency up to 70%. The company is headquartered in Venlo (The Netherlands) and has an R&D group in Gävle (Sweden). Solarus works worldwide with local distributors and installers and is now mainly active in Europe, (South) Africa and India. The company’s vision is ‘Sunpower for the people’. The mission of Solarus is to offer the most efficient means of collecting solar power to empower communities and individuals to improve their socioeconomic circumstances while minimizing their environmental impact. By being good Solarus is doing good, which is a reason for Solarus to be a certified BCorp