Gehrlicher Solar receives €85 million group financing, appoints new directors

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Greentech Lead Europe: Gehrlicher Solar has received €85 million group financing from an international group of banks led by BayernLB for another two years.

The company also appointed Stefan Parhofer and Richard von Hehn to the Board of Directors.

The mezzanine capital of €6 million was also extended by Bayern Mezzaninekapital GmbH & Co. KG for the same period.

The consortium agreement was signed on April 11, 2013 with an unchanged banking syndicate, securing finance for the international solar project developer and system integrator until February 28, 2015.

“In spite of a very tough industry environment, we believe more than ever in the long-term potential of photovoltaic and that ultimately convinced our finance partners too,” said Gehrlicher Solar founder and CEO Klaus Gehrlicher.

In 2012 the U.S. business was especially successful, making a significant contribution to group turnover and earnings. To further expand the international project business, on May 2, 2013 Stefan Parhofer was appointed to the Board of Directors as Chief Strategy/Sales Officer (CSO). He has spent the last two years building up the U.S. business as CEO of the American subsidiary, a position he will continue to hold in addition to his new role.

Richard von Hehn has also been appointed to the Board as Chief Operating Officer (COO), and will concentrate on the European business. Since joining the company in 2009 he has held various executive positions, including Head of Corporate Strategy and Development and most recently Head of Purchasing and Wholesale.

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