Vijay Bhopal | Managing Director
Vijay has worked in renewable energy since 2011, initially in Scotland where he raised funds for, and led a range of projects, included multi-million pound community-commercial wind energy joint ventures, local energy systems and energy ICT projects.
Since 2014 Vijay has spearheaded Urjaa Samadhan, an Odisha, India, based social enterprise working with poor users of off-grid solar equipment in India. He has also been a driving force behind the development of Cloud Solar - one of Connected Energy's first products.
Vijay's achievements in the renewable energy sector were recognised with the ‘Entrepreneur Award’ at the inaugural Scottish Renewables’ Young Professional’s Green Energy Awards 2015. He also provided analysis to the seminal annual report into the energy access market, The Poor People’s Energy Outlook, for the past 2 years. Vijay is Co-Director at Scene, one of Connected Energy's parent organisations.
Jelte Harnmeijer | Development Director
Jelte spent most of his life in Southern Africa, and worked as an Astrobiologist before taking on off-grid energy. He is a social entrepreneur with over a decade of experience in and around renewable energy policy, research and delivery. Jelte is particularly comfortable in the domains of microgeneration, energy access, shared ownership – and of course Last Mile ICT. He has published widely around issues to do with locally owned community energy and spent 5 years+ actively developing renewable energy projects when a director at Scene.
Jelte is tasked with overseeing Connected Energy's business development activities, which he does in various places around the globe, especially East Africa.