From one to fourteen clients in 12 months.
This month Clir Renewables is celebrating the first anniversary of opening its Glasgow office. The Glasgow base was set up, with the appointment of Craig McCall as Director of Europe, to support the expansion of their business in the region. In just a year, Clir Renewables has taken its European client base from a single client with just over 200 MW to exceeding 1GW of assets across fourteen clients.
“The last year was challenging at times as the sole person in the region initially, but it has continuously delivered rewarding moments. A few that stand out are signing the first new European client since the company started, moving to our third office space within a year, and surpassing the 1 GW mark in Europe,” said McCall.
On leaving the stability of a large organization for a start-up, McCall said, “It was extremely clear from the outset that the product was capable of more than I had witnessed in the market.” From a home office, supported by the team in Vancouver, Canada, Clir strategically targeted potential clients across the continent with excellent results securing additional projects in the UK and adding Ireland, Italy, Greece, France, Denmark, and South Africa to the list.
In the final quarter of 2018, Clir moved into its first office space in Glasgow, Scotland when Regional Manager, Brad Hodgson and, Marketing Manager, Mairead McMullin, joined the operation. An additional recruitment drive early in 2019 required a move to a larger office space. The recent addition of Marco Bianchini and Adrian Carnegie to the dedicated European team brings Clir’s global headcount to forty-two with numerous positions set to be filled in the coming months.
Clir Renewables CEO, Gareth Brown, said, “Opening the office in Glasgow was a strategic move to get a larger share of the European market. We have, and continue to build, a highly experienced team in Europe to support our clients in the region. The SaaS market for renewables in Europe is well established, and as a result, it is highly competitive. In addition to providing reporting and greater visibility for owners on their assets, our highly qualified team’s ability to support clients with clearly defined actions to improve performance and reduce costs has set us apart in the global market.”
Clir Renewables now supports over 4 GW of assets globally and continues to expand its European operation through the Glasgow base.