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Group COO at Distributed Power Africa
Wessel has over 25 years of experience fulfilling senior sales, operational and executive functions. With a strong ICT background, Wessel ventured into the South African energy sector in 2013 as CEO of a fledgling Energy EPC. In a period of months under his leadership, the company became strategically, technologically and operationally established and was soon recognized as one of the leaders in the PV rooftop space. Projects installed under Wessel’s leadership exceeded 12mWp and include a number of firsts in Africa, such as the largest optimizer module base installation and the largest micro inverter installation.
Wessel was instrumental in establishing First Energy Alternatives (the largest financing / PPA offering in the South African market) in partnership with Rand Merchant Bank. Through this initiative and collaborating with other financing partners, the contracted base has exceeded 5mWp, which is currently the largest in South Africa for Distributed Energy Finance.
Wessel’s experience has shown that a company’s success, strongly depends on its ability to quickly and consistently deliver value to customers through quality, operational maturity, innovation and customer service. A key responsibility for Wessel in Distributed Power Africa, is to optimize an end-to-end value chain that effectively delivers the core functions of Logistics, Distribution, Value Engineering, Construction, Program Management, Quality Management, Operational Management, Service Delivery and Financing., thereby empowering customers to make a Zero Risk, Zero Finance decision against a long-term asset.
Previous executive roles include Dimension Data (Sales Director), Arivia.kom (Chief Solutions Architect), Bytes Group (Outsourcing Executive), Virgin Money (CTO), Multisource (COO) and BrightBlack (CEO)