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Steve Iyer
Vice President Global Operations & Head of APAC Business Unit
Canadian Solar, Canada


In his seven years in solar, Steve has held leadership roles with leading project developers like 8minutenergy, GCL International and Canadian Solar to successfully develop, finance, construct and operate over 1 GW of solar projects across the globe. Steve has successfully incorporated the latest technology into projects, starting with the use of single-axis tracker as early as 2011.

For the APAC region, Steve has positioned Canadian Solar to be one of the leading developers in the region with a pipeline of over 2 GWs. Canadian Solar recently completed the acquisition of a 1 GW pipeline from Photon Energy in Australia under Steve's leadership, and has over 400 MWs of prospective pipeline in Southeast Asia and 300 MWs in India.

In Japan, CS is the leading solar developers, delivering 75-100 MWs/year consistently, and with over 500 MWs of mid- to advanced stage pipeline. CS is the first international company to have an REIT-type IPO in Japan. As a whole, CS's APAC energy group is positioned to deliver consistent and above-average returns on capital deployed.

As member of CS's Investment Committee, Steve has directed investments of over $1.5 billion to CS's global portfolio of projects. Under Steve' stewardship, CS is close to achieving close to 1 GW of awards in Brazil.

Steve has led some of the most innovative and advanced off-take and financing strategies in the solar arena, including the financing of a 100% merchant project in Australia, financing a 35 MW C&I project in India, financing tenors that extend beyond PPA terms, buyer's credit with forex cover, etc.

Steve and his team are on the verge of deploying projects in several new technology areas, including floating solar, bi-facial module technologies, string inverters, PV + Storage, etc. Steve also dedicates considerable efforts to building design optimization tools to optimize the levelized cost of energy (LCOE).

In his earlier energy career which spans two decades, Steve has designed, financed and constructed over 8.5 GWs of gas-fired projects around the globe for leading corporations.


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