11th September 2018

Centrica soaks up some Californian solar

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Centrica, the owner of British Gas, has stepped up its moves into renewable energy with the acquisition of Vista Solar, a leading Californian solar engineering, procurement and construction company.

Established in 2008, Vista Solar has delivered 40MW of solar projects to more than 160 customers across the private and public sectors.

The company will be integrated into Centrica’s Distributed Energy and Power business, which provides energy insight, asset optimisation and energy solutions to large energy users under the Centrica Business Solutions brand.

Earlier this year, Centrica’s Direct Energy Solar team joined the business to deliver solar as part of a portfolio of innovative distributed energy offers that includes combined heat and power, back up generation, battery storage, and demand response.

Jorge Pikunic, global managing director for Centrica Business Solutions, said: “Solar is a key technology for businesses in California and represents an important opportunity for us to grow our footprint in one of the largest economies in the world.

“Combining Vista Solar’s impressive track record with our own in-house capabilities in energy insight, demand management, and onsite generation and storage puts us in a unique position to help more organisations in North America to take advantage of the changing energy landscape.
I am delighted to welcome the team into the business.”

Jaymes Callinan, president & CEO of Vista Solar, said: “Our team is excited to join Centrica Business Solutions. We believe access to Centrica’s scale, multi-technology solutions, and strong balance sheet will help us deliver better solutions to our customers. We’re thrilled to be part of a dynamic distributed energy pioneer like Centrica Business Solutions.”

Centrica has already facilitated the installation of over 150MW of solar globally.