Managing Director/Head of Business Development Europe, Turkey & Africa, First Solar
Stefan Degener oversees First Solar’s presence in Europe, Turkey and Africa, and is responsible for the company’s growth strategy and business development activities in the region.
A six-year veteran of the solar industry, Stefan joined First Solar as Head of Project Finance EMEA in 2011. In this role, Stefan was responsible for the acquisition, structuring, financing and sale of utility scale PV power plants in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 2012, he was appointed Managing Director Germany and played a key role in managing the company’s European sales and business development activities.
Between mid-2014 and mid-2016, Stefan expanded First Solar’s Operations & Maintenance Business in EMEA. During this time Stefan successfully lead the O&M Task Force for Solar Power Europe and supported the development and launch of the O&M Guidelines for Europe. Since then he has been an active member at Solar Power Europe and advocate for renewables in Europe and beyond.
Prior to joining First Solar, Stefan worked for renowned German banks and brings more than 20 years of experience in the Corporate & International Project Finance and Financial Markets.
Stefan holds an MBA in Business Administration with main emphasis on banking and finance.
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