The author

The author - Philip Wolfe

Philip Wolfe MBE is one of the pioneers of the UK renewable and community energy sectors.

A Cambridge first-class engineering graduate, Philip has been in sustainable energy since the 1970’s and was the first Chief Executive of BP Solar, before establishing Intersolar Group. He was instrumental in the establishment of the Renewable Energy Association and Community Energy England and has served on both boards and as Director General of the former and Chairman of the letter.

Routledge published his book on utility-scale solar power projects in 2012, and he has written and contributed to many other books and articles.

Philip now serves as non-executive Director of Community Energy England, Westmill Solar Co-operative, Communities for Renewables, Cuckmere Community Solar, Renewable Energy Assurance Ltd and Earthworm Energy Plc; a panel member of the Climate Bonds Initiative; and founder of Wiki-Solar. He also provides advisory services through WolfeWare Limited.

He was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours 2016 for services to renewable energy and the energy sector.

With his wife Alison, he has installed renewable energy in his home for heating and part of its electricity. He has four children and an ever-growing number of grand-children.

Why me?

Of those who joined the PV industry back in the 1970's, there must be others better qualified to write this book.

As one who was there at, or soon after the beginning, I believe that a record must be made of those testing but exciting years.

My personal contribution was modest, so I can be more objective about the true pioneers.