Having previously worked for Alan Sugar at Amstrad and Richard Branson at Virgin, Rajiv brings a clear business head to the solar PV market.
Starting out as a tax consultant, he learnt about structure, organisation and the merit of getting things done in the business world. He then began to work for Virgin, initially within indirect taxes before branching out to business development. This was followed by a brief stint at Amstrad during the dotcom boom, before working in consultancy and dabbling in his own business ventures.
He began working in Solar PV as a consultant before spotting the growing demand for PV systems in the UK. Rajiv went on to found Alternergy in 2006 where his ambition and keen business sense led Alternergy to become one of the top three solar PV distributers in the UK and awarded first and second place as Britain’s fastest growing company in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Rajiv delivers a clear statement for what Alternergy stands for; “Quality, Value and Integrity”; providing quality products at competitive prices. He believes one thing is central to Alternergy’s reputation; “We won’t cut corners. Our integrity as a company is massively important.”
His passion for renewables drives the company forward and his charismatic nature is what makes the office a really great place to work in.
Projects & Technical Sales Manager
Cristina has been with Alternergy since February 2011, working in projects and technical sales. Her technical knowledge is extensive, making her an expert at designing bespoke and large scale installations.
Growing up in Spain, Cristina graduated in Chemical Engineering from the University of Zaragoza before picking up a Master’s in Renewable Energies. She is always increasing her knowledge within the renewable energy field by attending seminars and doing online courses. She enjoys cycling to work every day, as well as reading, skiing, keeping fit and walking Bolt and Pepper.
Contact Cristina on 020 8996 9566 for technical assistance and large projects
Regional Account Manager (N. Ireland & SE England)
Working out of our Chiswick office, Ben is our regional account manager for Northern Ireland and the Southeast of England. He joined Alternergy after graduating with an MSC in Renewable Energy from Reading University, bringing with him his cutting edge knowledge in renewable energy. Ben is a calming influence in the office with his relaxed style, easy-going nature and friendly approach to all things.
Growing up in Nottingham, Ben became an avid football fan, and describes his interests as; football, gym, travelling and music.
Contact Ben on 020 8996 9565 for sales enquiries in the South East and Northern Ireland
Regional Account Manager (Midlands)
Raj is our Regional Account Manager for the Midlands. Starting her career in PV distribution in early 2011, she has experienced the recent highs and lows of the industry.
After graduating with a BA Hons in Arts and Humanities, Raj ran a successful business before delving into the world of Solar PV. This gives her the ability to relate to our clients through her knowledge of both the market and the business world.
She brings an enthusiasm to Alternergy, which coupled with her passion for the job results in exceptional customer service and support, placing her in top sales positions throughout her career, whilst allowing her to successfully foster good client relations.
Contact Raj on 07975 998 702 for sales enquiries in the Midlands and the North
Regional Account Manager (N. England & Scotland)
Based in Edinburgh, Iain is our regional account manager for Scotland and the North of England and has worked in solar PV companies throughout his career.
Iain has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London and has previously worked for BP Solar for 8 years until 2006 and SunConnex until 2009. More recently he has worked for Upsolar, opening new client accounts, and as UK sales manager for Donauer Solartechnik before doing a brief stint at US based Tigo Energy.
Iain is based in Edinburgh with easy access to the nearby national parks and the golf coast, and enjoys many cultural activities in the Scottish capital.
Contact Iain on 07771 944166 for sales enquiries in Scotland and the North
Regional Account Manager (SW England)
Matthew is our Regional Account Manager for the Southwest, having worked within the solar market since 2005. Prior to this, he served in the Armed Forces, honing his communication and leadership skills, turning him into a key cog within Alternergy.
Originally born in Exeter, and living in Devon his whole life, Matthew enjoys knowing that he is helping maintain the natural world he has grown up in. He enjoys everything it has to offer, from his keen interest in surfing ‘when the surf is right’ to racing his four huskies in the winter. He also loves to attend husky rallies and race events.
Contact Matt on 07581 455 620 for all sales enquiries in the Southwest
Regional Account Manager (The West & Wales)
As account manager, Rachel utilises her experience in solar PV having worked within the industry since graduating in Renewable Energy from the University of Exeter. She became interested in renewables on a field trip to Iceland during her Geography A-Level and has pursued her passion ever since. Studying various renewable energies at university, she chose solar PV as her favourite.
Growing up in Hertfordshire and attending university in Cornwall, Rachel has now settled in Bristol and loves the mix of busy city and quiet countryside. She has a broad range of skills and interests outside of work including being a qualified tennis coach and forklift driver!
Contact Rachel on 07508 407259 for all sales enquiries in West England and Wales
Ecommerce, Sales & Marketing
Working in sales and marketing, Ivan brings humour, passion and a love of all things Spanish football to the Alternergy office. Ivan has recently joined the ecommerce team too, demonstrating a natural ability to turn his hand to all new ventures with enthusiasm and drive.
His first steps into solar PV were back in 2006, working for a Spanish installation company just in time to experience the boom that led Spain to develop half the worlds’ new solar installations. Unfortunately, the generous government subsidies feeding the market growth didn’t last and in 2011 Ivan came to London. He joined Alternergy, working amongst many different areas of the business.
Contact Ivan on 020 8996 9576 for marketing and sales enquiries.
Regina, our Sales Executive, manages customers in London and the Southeast whilst providing support to the rest of the sales team.
Originally from Hungary, she studied Japanese language and culture, before cultivating an interest in renewable energy. She is now studying a degree in Environmental Studies while she works with us, continually accumulating knowledge in renewables, whilst increasing the performance of the team as a whole.
Even when out of the office, Regina’s passion is eco-architecture which she teams with her love of cycling and hiking to truly make the most of the natural environment.
Contact Regina on 020 8996 9574 for sales enquiries.
Zoe is our ecommerce manager, working in collaboration with web developers LogicSpot to set up and develop our online shop, enabling customers to buy solar products at the click of a button.
Zoe has worked in renewables since 2010, joining Top50-Solar to help create PV-Log; the networking and monitoring site for PV owners. She first met Rajiv when they stormed parliament in the “Cut Don’t Kill” solar rally in 2011 – they have been friends ever since!
She graduated in Biology and Psychology from Exeter University, followed by many years working in media and IT project management. Like many of our team, Zoe enjoys making the most of the environment by skiing, surfing, travelling and salsa.
Louise brings a creative flair and energy to the team, having recently graduated in Graphic Design from the University of Southampton. She is involved in the structure and content management of the website and ecommerce system, helping Alternergy provide an additional service to our customers.
From her art and design experience, Louise brings a different viewpoint to the team. She is constantly learning about the solar PV market and new products and is intrigued as to which avenues the market will take in the future.
She loves strolling round art galleries, watching films and trips to the beach.
Administration and Accounts
Barbara graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in 2008. She previously worked as an account assistant in Poland before moving to the UK, and has since found her feet within the PV industry. Her role within Alternergy is in administration and accounts, helping to keep the cogs well-oiled behind the scenes.
She keeps up to date with the industry by reading technical magazines and enjoys skiing and swimming in her spare time.
Agnieszka is the financial controller for Alternergy, managing customer accounts and the company’s finances.
Lisa works amongst all levels of the business, overseeing a range of departments from logistics to sales and technical installations. She worked as a retail purchaser in New Zealand before travelling to the UK in search of new opportunities.
From there on in, she met Rajiv and became engrossed in the world of solar. She now works as key purchaser, liaising with customers and manufacturers alike, overseeing Alternergy’s portfolio mix. Lisa regularly attends trade shows and seminars, furthering her knowledge through all levels of the supply chain.
What is your position within the company? We run this company!
Any formal education? We are so cute, it just does not matter.
How did you get into Solar PV/Renewable Energy: Our ghastly owner forced us into this when we were just puppies. Is there a law against Child Labour? Or should that be “Puppy Labour”?
When did you first join Alternergy? March 2013
Where are you from? We’re from the wild and snowy lands of the Alpine Forests.
Hobbies and interests? We love to chew people’s shoes and slippers, preferably designer brands that cost a lot!