Cape Town, February 1, 2021 – O&L Nexentury has announced the appointment of Chris Forlee, as General Manager & Head of Business Development. Mr. Forlee joins O&L Nexentury from the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA), where he has served as Chief Executive Officer since 2017. Inclusive of his 10-year tenure at NERSA, Chris Forlee has over 30 years of utility, government and private sector energy experience.
Mr. Forlee will be responsible for leading and arranging new renewable energy business development in South Africa, Namibia and throughout the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
With a heavy focus on mining, commercial and heavy industrial sectors, as well as municipalities, O&L Nexentury’s power purchase agreement (PPA) clientele will have, at their disposal, the deep experience, expertise and relationships, that Mr. Forlee brings to O&L Nexentury as it structures, plans and permits independent power producers (IPP).
Beyond O&L Nexentury’s core business of developing and operating IPPs, Mr. Forlee sees significant opportunities to provide interim regulatory process and permitting consulting services to future PPA clientele.
O&L Nexentury SA (PTY) Ltd. Co-Managing Director, Bernd Walbaum, said: “Chris is the consummate energy professional. We are thrilled to have him join the team and see significant opportunity to open the gates for IPP growth in SA and SADC. A leader of Chris’ calibre on the team will be an enormous resource for the team and for our future PPA clients.”
About O&L Nexentury: O&L Nexentury GmbH is a vertically integrated German/African based renewable energy developer that engineers, permits, builds, finances, owns and operates utility scale PV power plants across sub-Saharan Africa and Europe. O&L Nexentury is part of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group, a truly African company contributing to 4% of Namibia’s GDP and employing more than 6,200 people across a dozen industries. The O&L Group, through its purpose “Creating a future, enhancing life”, aims to continuously make a positive economic and cultural impact for all business and community stakeholders it works with.