Hodson Solar

US/Africa-based Solar Dev, EPC and Asset Manager firm


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HODSON CO: FAST FACTS

Hodson Group is a US, India and Africa based Solar Development, EPC and Asset Manager firm.

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USA - READY TO THRIVE

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USA - WHY USA

Hodson has expanded to the United States to take advantage of the compelling investment opportunity in the Ground Mount solar and storage space.

The US solar market reached an installed base of 85 GW in Q2-2020 from 2010. It is expected to grow from 85GW (2020) to 200 GW (2025).

Achieving a renewable capacity of additional 100GW of electricity supply for US, would require around $20 billion a year until 2025.

At the same time, the battery storage market increased over 20-fold from 59 MW to 1,236 GWh in 2018 with 90% supplied by lithium-ion chemistries.



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SSA - One Incredible Solution

Hodson addresses both of these problems by including investors and solar expertise.

We use investor capital to cover the large CAPEX charges while using its in-house solar designing and engineering expertise.

This results in clients receiving cheaper energy than the grid with a sufficient spread to repay investors and make a profit.

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USA - PROPRIETARY MODELS

Hodson has proprietary models to evaluate at an early stage:

  • The competitiveness of project sites (i.e. unproductive agricultural land, proximity to IC point)
  • Interconnection feasibility (available capacity i.e. MWs) to power grid lines (required for distribution of power to Utility rate payers) from solar project
  • The related easements (RoW)
  • Permitting risks
  • Environmental and wetland studie

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SSA - Major Problem

The environment needs us take notice of what's going in the world. And we are. We are rising up. We are becoming more environmentally aware.

At the same time, access to cheaper and cleaner energy sources is expanding.

Unfortunately, much of Africa lacks energy connectivity (or suffers from either expensive or unstable electricity).

In many areas, solar is now a cheaper option compared to the grid. The only thing holding businesses back are the large upfront CAPEX costs and the solar implementation expertise.

Hodson proudly addresses both.

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Why We’ll Lead

Hodson offers a range of integrated energy solutions to meet the requirement of our customers

USA development track record of over 650MW. We bring expertise from our associated companies in India (which, in a short space of time, have established themselves as credible Commercial and Industrial Solar PV Developers) with a focus on distributed energy projects

These companies own and successfully operate a portfolio of over 10 MW and have a pipeline of over 20MW with reputed off-takers


To date, overall carbon emissions of 7,176 tons/year have been saved

We provide a 100% investment model for credit-worthy corporate off-takers (including SMEs) and Rural Communities (Off-grid), allowing immediate savings on direct power costs and contributing to a cleaner and greener environment

Hodson has been established to serve key USA and SSA with an initial focus in Kenya

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Traction & Accomplishments

We also have many interested customers. SME solar projects are becoming the norm in emerging markets, while utility scale solar is experiencing strong growth in the US.

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Meet The Team


Rahul Gill
FOUNDER AND CEO

  • Experienced developer and financier with 15+ years experience over 850MW
  • Experience at Goldman Sachs, NRG, 8minutenergy and others, with a focus on project finance, development and due diligence
  • Successfully launched a solar development company in India, which has completed a number of rooftop assets
  • Recently expanded the business in Sub Saharan Africa
  • Previously a geophysicist at Oilfield services co. Schlumberger
  • BSc Geophysics- Electrical Eng.; MPA, University of Pennsylvania; MS Finance, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign


Fly Thar
CO-FOUNDER AND CTO

  • Insightful and highly organized leader with more than 17 years experience in utility transmission and renewable energy who is focus on solar PV & energy storage engineering, technology, and EPC. Built and developed high performing engineering teams. Deep understanding of projects cost structures and revenue streams. Great ability to connect the dots between technology, market needs and profit.
  • Worked for lead developers and consultant with great track records like 8 Minute Energy, Sun Edison, Black & Veatch, Burns & MacDonnell and Parsons Brinckerhoff 


Nirmal Pandya
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

  • Nirmal has 6 years of experience in the Solar Energy industry as project manager and with +3 of project management experience. Writing RFPs for EPCs, accessing site surveys, budgeting, scheduling, purchasing, contract negotiation, construction management, and permitting. OSHA30 Certified.
  • Project Management and Engineering experience at Primoris Renewable Energy, SunPower, FirstSolar, 8minutenergy.
  • Master’s Degree in Solar Energy Engineering and Commercialization.


Sukhin Bhandari
MD AFRICA

  • 30+ years working in a spectrum of emerging and developed markets in various infrastructure-related industries including transport, mining, energy and cement
  • In energy sector as Business Development Director (SSA) Garanti Koza Energy and Project Development Leader GE Global Growth & Operations (SSA), Bhandari developed a range of Power Projects in collaboration with a great network of stakeholders in the industry
  • Previous experience in Corporate Finance Advisory (Director KPMG East Africa); Management Consulting 


KJ Mahoney
ADVISOR AND INTERIM CIO

  • KJ Mahoney is an investment professional with experience ranging from venture capital, impact investing and sustainable finance to M&A advisory and consulting
  • Experience across numerous sectors including Clean Energy, Fintech, Financial Inclusion, eCommerce, SaaS, Media and Education, across Europe and Africa
  • BSc Business Science – Finance, University of Cape Town Masters in Investment Management, University of Cape Town

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