This company finished work on what it says is the world’s largest “solar bridge” last year, a structure with 4,400 roof mounted solar panels across the Thames at Blackfriars station in London, providing up to 50% of the station’s energy. Under chief executive Frans van den Heuvel, 51, growth in sales of ground-mounted solar plants, including the 48MW solar farm at Southwick, helped Solarcentury to more than double turnover last year to £222.3m.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank133
CompanySolarcentury
ActivitySolar technology developer
LocationCentral London
Sales £m222.3
Operating profit £m10.7
Main shareholders

Private equity investors (69%), other management and employees (31%)

Staff200
Founded1998
Websitewww.solarcentury.co.uk

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