Dr André Nobre

Head of Operations and Maintenance, Cleantech Solar

Dr André Nobre is a scholar of solar photovoltaics (PV), having authored and co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed and conference works on PV system performance. He has multiple academic qualifications including an engineering doctorate in solar energy. He also has extensive experience in feasibility studies, due diligence and owner’s engineering.

Dr. André is currently the head of operations and maintenance at Cleantech Solar. Prior to this, he was head of the PV System Technology Group, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS).

Dr. André is encouraged by the tremendous growth in Cleantech Solar’s portfolio in India and Southeast Asia, which has exceeded 250 MW within four years. “The fact that solar tariffs have now meaningfully gone beyond grid parity is a big organic driver of demand for solar,” he notes. However, he feels the lack of regulatory clarity is a major hurdle for the Indian solar segment.

One of Dr. André’s most memorable assignments was during his time at SERIS, when he was the project manager, in charge of deploying a 1 MW test-bed floating PV system on a reservoir. The project comprised 10 different players using different floating solutions of 100 kW each. It took three years to get the first system on the water, which, he feels, was quite a personal achievement due to complexity of the project and the involvement of multiple stakeholders.

Dr. André believes in delivering reliable, efficient and long-term solar solutions to customers. On the company’s roadmap, he says, “Solar is just beginning to be a true source of baseload power as opposed to a marginal contributor. We, along with our corporate customer partners, intend to lead the way forward in this transition.” Nobre encourages his team to work independently and be self-motivated.

He reserves his spare time for family. He makes sure he reads about 10 books a year, mixing fiction and non-fiction titles and trying to get away a bit from work topics. He runs regularly and uses app-based fitness solutions so that he can clock workout sessions whether at home or on the road for a project. He leads his life trying to promote topics on sustainability, so it is not simply his “day job” but a philosophy that he implements in his private life as well. One of his personal goals is to focus on increasing systems performance and disseminating lessons learnt in day-to-day plant operations. Writing is a key way to disseminate such knowledge and he plans to continue doing so for many years to come.

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