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Jeremy Leggett

Founder and chairman of Solarcentury, currently the UK's fastest growing private energy company


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Dr Jeremy Leggett is founder and chairman of Solarcentury, one of the world's most admired solar energy companies, and founder and Chairman of SolarAid, a charity set up with 5% of Solarcentury's annual profits, whose retail brand SunnyMoney is Africa¹s top-seller of solar lighting, having recently sold its millionth solar light.

In a first career between 1978 and 1989, he was an award-winning earth scientist on the 'other side' of energy: on the faculty at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, researching among other things shale deposits, funded among others by BP and Shell.

Described by the Observer as "Britain's most respected green energy boss", he has been an Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards, and a CNN Principal Voice. His many awards include the US Climate Institute's Award for Advancing Understanding, UK Climate Week's Most Inspirational Person Award, and Outstanding Individual Award at the Solar Industry Awards.

He was the first person to be appointed a Hillary Laureate for International Leadership on Climate Change. He is Chairman of CarbonTracker, a financial-sector think-tank warning of carbon-fuel asset-stranding risk to capital markets. He convened the UK Industry Taskforce on Peak Oil and Energy Security, a pan-industry group warning of a systemic oil-depletion risk to economies (2007-2013) and is co-convenor with Lt Col. Daniel Davis(US Army) of the Transatlantic Energy Security Dialogue (2013-present).

He served on the New Energy Architecture Global Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum (2012 - 2014), a group which among other things works on "black swans" in energy markets. He was a non­ executive director of New Energies Invest AG, a private equity fund investing in renewable energy (2000-14), and is a consultant on systemic risk to major corporations.

He is author of The Carbon War,an eye-witness account of the climate negotiations in the 1990s; Half Gone, an account of the interaction between peak oil and climate change; The Solar Century, a vision of solar in the cleantech revolution; and The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance.  He is also a contributor to the Guardian and the Financial Times.

He lectures on short courses in business and society at the universities of Cambridge and St Gallen, and is an Associate Fellow at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute.


Climate Change



Innovation and Sustainability

The Winning of the Carbon War

Road to Renaissance

The Energy of Nations

Carbon War

Half Gone

Solar Century

The Empty Tank

"A story very well told. As far as I am aware there is no one on this planet who has a comparable all-encompassing, multi-disciplinary view and understanding of these issues to Leggett's." World Council for Sustainable Development

"It really is a terrific read ­ very unveiling of our human struggle between greed and legacy." Vantage Point Capital Partners.

"I was so captivated by it. The narrative device of running the years and the oil price gives it power and tension. The inter-weaving of account and candid diary makes one feel one has a front-row seat at the places where things almost happen." Buro-Happold

"I was hooked within the first few pages." Said Business School, University of Oxford

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