Chris Gerlach is SolarReserve’s Vice President of Finance. Gerlach oversees all structured and project finance activities (equity, debt and tax) for SolarReserve’s global array of utility-scale concentrated solar power tower and PV projects.
Gerlach leverages more than 18 years of finance experience in his role as VP of Finance. Prior to joining SolarReserve, he worked at several global banking institutions including HSBC and Société Générale. In addition to his knowledge of the solar sector, Gerlach’s diverse background touches multiple other industries including oil & gas, conventional power, transportation infrastructure, and telecommunications in more than 15 countries in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Throughout his career, Gerlach has participated as leader and/or core team member in multiple landmark transactions. Six of these received Project Magazine and/or Project Finance International Deal of the Year Awards. The deal to receive the most recent recognition was the $586 million Letsatsi/Lesedi utility scale photovoltaic projects in South Africa for which SolarReserve acted as the lead developer.
Gerlach earned his Master of Science degree in Shipping, Trade and Finance from the Caas Business School in London. He also holds a Bachelor of Science degree (Honours) in Economics and Business Studies from the University of London. Gerlach is multilingual. He speaks English, German, Portuguese and Spanish.
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