Julian Johnson is both COO and CFO at BioTherm Energy, a pan-African renewable energy development and investment platform focused on the commercialisation of PV solar and onshore wind projects.
Julian was drawn to the clean energy sector in 2014 to be a part of securing the country’s energy supply as a catalyst for sustainable economic growth. Through its development, construction and operation of renewable power facilities, BioTherm creates employment in often remote communities and through meaningful social and economic development programmes that create opportunities to improve and uplift these communities. BioTherm has over 500 MW across the African continent, with 52 MW being operational, 284 MW in construction, and the balance in the process of reaching financial close in the short to medium term.
Most recently, Julian was involved in the financial close of 284 MW of renewable energy projects for its Round IV projects under the South African Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement (REIPPP) Programme. The projects raised funding of US$ 500 million and reached financial close in July 2018. All these projects are currently under construction with the first of the projects expected to reach commercial operations in Q4 of 2019.
Through the growth of the company, Julian has been involved in various corporate transactions including the sale of its Round I solar and wind projects awarded under the REIPP Programme, which has contributed to an overall improvement in value for investors.