BP Solar: New President, Plant Expansion

Plans to expand global capacity to 200 MW is keeping BP Solar busy. The company has hired Lee Edwards as the new president and business unit leader of BP Solar, and former president Steve Westwell will become the BP group vice president of Renewables and Alternatives.

Edwards has worked for BP in a variety of roles including accountability for Digital and Communications Technology, BP Pipelines North America, European Retail Marketing, and leading the creation and introduction of BP’s Helios global brand. He has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School, a BS in Chemical Engineering from Bucknell University, and has completed the Stanford Executive Program. Across the globe, the company’s Sydney, Australia manufacturing facility will expand its production capacity this year from 40 MW to 50 MW. The AUD 8 million investment (US $6.26 million) investment will maintain the facility as the largest solar manufacturing plant in the southern hemisphere, and is driven by the growing export market and policies within Australia that have pushed the market ahead. “We would like to thank the role of Government in supporting our industry with programs such as the Solar Cities initiative and the Commonwealth’s highly successful Photovoltaic Rebate Program (PVRP),” Mark Twidell, BP Solar’s regional director, Australia, said. “These help both attract investment and address the barriers limiting the uptake of this emerging technology.”
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