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Toddington’s is a fascinating story, if you want to know about his childhood of TV powered by Solar in the deserts of Bahrain, or why he’s named after a service station, listen to our first conversation (episode 15- link below), but on this episode we focus on the concept of ‘Sun to wheel’, using solar power and batteries to power fast charging of electric vehicles through Electric Forecourts and Electric Highway hubs. The Gridserve story is a great one, enjoy the episode. About Toddington Harper Toddington is a second-generation solar energy and energy storage professional, whose parents pioneered some of the world’s first commercial deployments of solar energy and battery storage systems more than 45 years ago. He has spent virtually his entire career focused on delivering sustainable energy solutions, including creating five successful sustainable energy and low carbon businesses which he has led as CEO over the last 19-years. Prior to establishing GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy Ltd, Toddington was co-founder and CEO of BELECTRIC UK (2010 & 2011 solar world market leader), responsible for the development, construction and financing of c.350 MWp of utility scale solar farm & solar rooftop projects, including a 3.5MWp 20-acre solar rooftop project for Rolls-Royce. At BELECTRIC UK Toddington built a multi-award winning team that delivered a fully integrated development, construction, financing, operation, maintenance, asset management solar energy & energy storage business. The business was successfully sold to RWE Innogy (largest European utility) in December 2016. Toddington created GRIDSERVE to deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change. GRIDSERVE’s first major success was winning the highest price battery storage enhanced frequency response contract with National Grid, where GRIDSERVE was awarded one of only seven successful contracts out of 208 tendered. Since then GRIDSERVE has grown from strength to strength. In 2019, against the odds of a year dominated by Brexit, GRIDSERVE pushed through, pioneering and delivering the UK’s largest and most technically advanced hybrid solar projects, and becoming the UK solar energy and technology market leader. About GRIDESERVE GRIDSERVE® is a tech-enabled international sustainable energy business, whose purpose is to #deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change. We develop, build, own and operate ‘sun-to-wheel’ hybrid solar, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging critical power infrastructure. GUEST LINKS GRIDSERVE Website: www.gridserve.com GRIDSERVE Twitter: https://twitter.com/GRIDSERVE_HQ GRIDSERVE LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gridserve Toddington harper Twitter: https://twitter.com/toddington_h Toddington Harper LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddington EPISODE LINKS Toddington Harper on episode 15 (his backstory) https://leadersincleantech.com/toddington-harper-ceo-gridserve GRIDSERVE's Electric Forecourt WORLD EXCLUSIVE | 100% Independent, 100% Electric https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoN4WCpuxHY BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS Think and grow rich – Napoleon Hill - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Think-Grow-Rich-Original-Restored/dp/0990797600/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1551797546&sr=8-1&keywords=grow+and+think+rich Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future https://www.amazon.co.uk/Elon-Musk-Billionaire-SpaceX-Shaping/dp/0753555646/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1551797670&sr=8-1&keywords=elon+musk+autobiography Follow us online Twitter https://twitter.com/weekincleantech Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thisweekincleantech/ Instagram https://www.instagram.com/davidhunt2013/