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Green energy titan to lead 287MW portfolio

Ryan Hammond, CEO of Cookhouse Windfarm, Umoya Wind Farm and REISA Solar PV.

Ryan Hammond, CEO of Cookhouse Windfarm, Umoya Wind Farm and REISA Solar PV.

Renewable energy titan Ryan Hammond has been appointed CEO of Cookhouse Windfarm, Umoya Wind Farm and REISA Solar PV, a green energy portfolio totalling 287MW.

He takes on the responsibility of managing the facilities' operations, finance and community operations.

Hammond is well-known in the renewable energy sector as the co-founder and a board member of the South African Photovoltaic Industry Association (SAPVIA) and is recognised as a stalwart of the country's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPP).

He brings 20 years of experience in the industry, both locally and internationally, to his new role as head of these three companies that form part of the African Infrastructure Investment Managers portfolio of assets.

"I am excited to join this highly professional team and look forward to driving growth, both in the scope of our service offering and the number of projects under management. The success of the team thus far is without doubt its proficiency, competency and value-added service to project shareholders," says Hammond.

Hammond's experience ranges across engineering, business development and start-ups in the UK and SA. He relocated back from the UK in 2009, to head the African business of Solairedirect, as managing director, and led the successful award of two round two projects under the REIPPPP.

He began his journey in the renewable energy industry in project development, in the UK, where he led a team that secured a pipeline of over 15MW of waste-to-energy, 20MW of biomass and 60MW of onshore wind projects.

Hammond holds a National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Cape Town. He continues to play an active role in SAPVIA, an industry body that began with five members in 2011 and now represents over 150 companies.

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