About us

PowerTree was founded in 2018 by two brothers from Uruguay: Emmanuel and Rafael Meyer. Their goal was to build an energy company that focuses exclusively on renewables and is consistent with their ambitions. Emmanuel has been in the renewable energy business since 2005 and during these 16 years he has seen solar energy develop from being considered a marginal product to becoming the future of the energy industry.

In 2018 Evergreen formed PowerTree together with strategic investors. Their goal: to create a world-leading solar development company. Ever since, the organisation has grown to an international team of experts, each with their own specialised background and complimentary knowledge.

Sustainable & impact investing

PowerTree originates from Evergreen Investment Partners AG, a Swiss-based global development and investment platform focused on Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) projects and decarbonization. Evergreen, established in 2012, has advised institutional investors and entrepreneurs to deliver over USD 3.2B in growth capital dedicated to energy transition assets.  PowerTree advises financial institutions in the origination, analysis and negotiation of investments in solar energy assets. We provide a unique platform for dynamic, fast-growing energy transition investments by collaboration with investors who are targeting renewable, sustainable or impact investments, in line with our company values.

As you can see in the layout below, these investments focus on mitigating environmental, social and governance risks, while still focussing on generating competitive financial results.

Our team

The team of PowerTree consist of 12 professionals spread across the globe, from our head office in London (UK) all the way to Uruguay, Brazil and Chile. Our joint experiences span decades of expertise in the fields of energy development, infrastructure investment, project management, engineering, consulting and financial modelling. Meet the team delivering the energy transition to emerging markets:

Emmanuel Meyer

Managing Director

Emmanuel co-founded PowerTree in 2018 with his brother Rafael, He is results orientated with a track record spanning over 15 years in renewable energy and infrastructure development. His experience also covers M&A, VC and PE backed start-ups focused mainly in the renewable sector.
Emmanuel has gained valuable experience in structuring investments across varied jurisdictions involving both traditional and supranational investors. Emmanuel holds an MSc in Finance from Bocconi University, Milan where he also lectured on Corporate Finance for five years prior to moving to London.

Rafael Meyer

Operations, compliance and ESG director

Rafeal co-founded PowerTree in 2018 and oversees operations, compliance and ESG. Since 2007 Rafael has been involved with managing diverse teams and providing technical support to different business silos. His experience gained in the logistics sector is particularly useful to PowerTree. Past employers include Chiquita Brands International, steel pipe industry leader Tenaris and the LATAM HQ of Bestseller in Montevideo.

Rafael holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from ORT University in Uruguay.

Joep Thomassen

Technical Director

Joep has over 20 years of experience in various industries with an extensive track record in managing team growth and international expansion. Previously, Joep worked with Leclanché, a Swiss based Li-Ion battery storage manufacturer, where he led the Distributed Power Generation business. Previous experience was gained from Nedap, NXP Semiconductors and Philips.

Joep is responsible for the selection of the technology partners and deployment of projects. Joep holds a BSc in Electronics and Computer Sciences.

Peter Sermol

Structured finance director

Peter has over 30 years’ trading experience in debt capital markets. Working in London Peter relocated to Toronto 2004 to run the Canadian office of Amstel Securities N.V., a Dutch regulated brokerage firm. Returning to the UK from Canada late 2012 Peter co-founded North Star Solar Ltd in 2014, a company focused on U.K. rooftop solar combined with energy storage. Peter was a Non-Executive Director of VivoPower Plc between 2016 and 2019.

Peter qualified as a Radio Officer in the Merchant Navy at Greenhithe Merchant Naval College, England.

Adio Stefoni

Chile Country Manager

Adio brings over 10 years of experience in renewable energy across the Latin American continent. Prior to PowerTree, he was responsible for the origination of transactions in Chile for Evergeen Investment Partners, and his duties included the development and acquisition of solar projects. During his career, Adio performed due diligence on over 5 GW on behalf of long term investors and oversaw over 1 GW of solar energy projects throughout Chile for Samsung Engineering & Mainstream Renewable Power.

Adio has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad de Chile, two diplomas from Universidad Adolfo Ibanez in Leadership & Management and Marketing & Sales, and a UCLA Management Acceleration Program certificate.

Flávio Schuler

Brazil Country Manager

Flavio has over 10 years of experience with renewable energy investment and project management.. Prior to joining PowerTree, Flavio worked at Martifer Renewables for 6 years, where he was instrumental in the deployment of 100 MW of Wind and over 400 MW of Solar Projects in Argentina and Colombia. Prior to this, Flavio spent 4 years as Project Manager for Rio Energy, managing 300 MW of Wind projects and 200 km of Transmission Lines.

Flavio has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UFCG University in Brazil and has resided in Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina.

Elson Danta

Brazil Project Development Manager

Over 7 years of experience in the renewable energy market (wind and solar) in Brazil and Argentina, from project development to site construction.
He started working in Brazil at Rio Energy and then WEG, being responsible for the management of 500 MW wind power plant construction. In Argentina, he worked in Martifer Renewables on several solar power plants developing and being awarded in a public tender (RENOVAR) with a 117 MW. Also in Argentina, worked on Power China, being responsible for EPC management of several solar power plants (60 MW). Back in Brazil, he has been working on the development of general distribution solar power plants (170 MW) and utility-scale (600 MW).
He has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the Universidade Federal de Campina Grande and an MBA in Project Management from the Fundação Getulio Vargas.
He speaks fluently Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Massimiliano Cervo

Investment specialist

Massimiliano has over 6 years of experience in the renewable energy and hydrogen industries. Prior to PowerTree he was the renewable energy and hydrogen manager of the engineering and development teams for H2helium (Brazil).

Massimiliano is a fellow of the World Energy Council where he has given more than 70 online lectures.

Holds a BSc in Chemistry with a Masters Diploma in renewable energy. Hydrogen Economics Professor for the UTN Buenos Aires University

Sophia Bobadilla

General counsel

Over 10 years of experience in senior legal roles. Prior to joining PowerTree Sophia was Senior Associate of Carey’s energy group, one of Chile’s major Law Firms, providing legal advice to local and international companies interested in developing, acquiring and financing energy projects.

Prior to Carey, Sophia worked as a Research Associate at NYU School of Law where she obtained a Master of Laws (LLM), in Environmental Law.

Sophia holds a Law degree from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, and a LLM from NYU School of Law.

Camilo Inostroza

Chile Construction & Asset Manager

Camilo has over 5 years of experience in the renewable energy market in Chile. He started his career at SunEdison, which was commercially operating over 450 MW related to 5 power plants with PPA’s or spot market. After SunEdison, Camilo worked with SunPower implementing the Asset Management of the El Pelicano 100 MW power plant with a PPA with Metro (the largest public transport system company).

Camilo has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad de Chile.

Hugo Olivares

Chile Construction & Asset Manager

With formal training as a civil engineer with four years of experience in the Chilean electricity market with Transelec and Compañia General de Electrícidad. During his career Hugo has performed the role of a contract management and distributed-generation analyst, managing portfolios in various stages of network connection.  Hugo has managed 85 PMGD projects connected to the Chilean national grid.

Hugo is PowerTree’s engineer managing grid connections. He earned his Civil Industrial Engineer degree at the Catholic University of Santisima Concepcion in Chile.

A good business is a responsible business

A deep commitment to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) runs through every decision we make, through the origination, construction, operation and divestment of assets. By incorporating ESG into our company and projects, we add sustainable value now and in the future. After all, since our projects will be executed with full integration of local environment and social aspects, its continuation and sustainability is ensured. This applies to both the social and environmental value of PowerTree projects, but just as much for the economic value.

PowerTree’s investments target the following 7 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) of the United Nations: