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:

Rafael Meyer

Operations, compliance and ESG director

Since 2007 Rafael has been involved in managing teams and providing support to different areas of businesses. He has extensive experience in on time solution providing, team management, shipments management and warehouse management. Past employers include Chiquita Brands International, steel pipe industry leader Tenaris and the LATAM HQ of Bestseller in Montevideo.

In 2018 Rafael cofounded PowerTree, where he oversees operations, compliance and ESG matters in his role of Operations, compliance and ESG director. Rafael holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies.

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Eduardo Muñoz

Chile legal counsel
Eduardo is a Chilean lawyer who advises local and foreign clients about corporate, tax, financial and labor law matters. He also has experience in M&A matters, project development and non-profit institutions. Previously, Eduardo worked as legal counsel and administration and finance manager at Andimar and as an associate in the tax group of Prieto Abogados. Currently, Eduardo is a senior associate in Apparcel, Uriarte & Vassallo Abogados and works for PowerTree as a legal counsel for all Chilean matters.

Eduardo obtained his law degree at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, and a Master of Laws at University of California (Berkeley, USA) where he was awarded with the LL.M Dean’s List.

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Emmanuel Meyer

Managing Director

Emmanuel is a result oriented professional with a track record of over 17 years in renewable energy & infrastructure development, project management and team management. He has direct experience in managing energy infrastructure investments, M&A transactions, venture-capital and private equity backed startups that focused mostly on renewable energies.

Emmanuel has gained valuable know-how in structuring investments in non-traditional jurisdictions (Latin America, GCC) with project financing institutions and international development entities (KfW, EKf, EximBank, OPIC, DFID).

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Adio Stefoni

LATAM Regional Manager

Adio brings over 10 years of experience in renewable energy across Latin America to his role at PowerTree. Before joining PowerTree, he was responsible for the origination of transactions in Chile at Evergeen, for the development and acquisition of photovoltaic projects. Previously, he performed due diligence on over 5 GW on behalf of LTI 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.

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Flávio Schuler

Brazil Country Manager

Flavio has over 10 years of experience with renewable energy investment and project management as his entire career has been built in these fields. Prior to joining PowerTree, Flavio worked at Martifer Renewables for 6 years, where he built 100 MW of Wind Power projects and developed over 400 MW of Solar Projects in Argentina and Colombia. Prio to that, he spent 4 years as Project Manager for Rio Energy, managing 300 MW of Wind Power projects and 200 km of Transmission Lines.

Flavio has a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from UFCG University in Brazil. He acquired national and international experience living and working in Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina.

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Camilo Inostroza

Construction & Asset Manager

Camilo has over 5 years of experience in the renewable energy market in Chile, working with different companies with solar PV power plants operation. He started his career at SunEdison, 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 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.

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Hugo Olivares

Chile Construction & Asset Manager
Hugo is an Industrial Civil Engineer with four years of experience in the Chilean electricity market, in leading companies in the transmission and distribution segments such as Transelec and CGE. In his career he has worked as a dedicated contract management analyst and distributed generation analyst, managing the client portfolio in stages of connection to CGE’s distribution networks. Hugo has managed a total of 85 PMGD projects accounting for a total of 425 MW connected to the system.

At PowerTree, Hugo is the engineer in charge of coordinating and managing the interconnection, fulfilling all requirements of the authorities and guiding the clients in connection stages. Hugo has earned his degree at the Catholic University of Santisima Concepcion in Chile.

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Ismael Gil

Financial Controller
Ismael is PowerTree’s finance professional and brings over 20 years of experience in high profile infrastructural projects to the table. He has a strong background in Internationalization and particular involvement in international business structures, tax, finance, control management, planning and budget.

Ismael has a Business Management degree from the Universidad of Granada (Spain), and a Master in Finance and Accounting from UPF-Universitat Barcelona (Spain). In the UK he also attended the MBA program from the University of Kingston in London.

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Matthew Garrity

Senior Financial Analyst

Matt is a Senior Financial Analyst at PowerTree and a Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA). He has 10 years experience as a financial modeller and consultant in infrastructure and advisory teams, including Grant Thornton and Ove Arup & Partners.
Most recently Matt was advising Ofgem, the UK’s energy regulator, on the UK’s transition to a net-zero carbon emissions target by 2050.

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Joep Thomassen

Technical Director

Joep has over 20 years of experience in various industries with an extensive track record in managing team growth and internationalization. Prior to joining PowerTree he was with Leclanché, where he led the Distributed Power Generation business. Before that he worked at Nedap, NXP Semiconductors and Philips and gained exposure to the semiconductors and renewable energy markets.

At PowerTree, Joep is responsible for the selection of the technology partners and realisation of the PowerTree projects. Joep holds a BSc in Electronics and Computer Sciences.

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Management team experience

While PowerTree is still a young company, our management team is very experienced in the field of development, construction, and asset management of solar energy and energy storage projects. These are some of the accomplishments our team members have achieved during their careers at renowned international companies over the last decade:

Development:

  • Provided technical analysis of 1 GW greenfield projects to be developed for Mainstream Renewable Power

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: