Profile of Antoine Charitat, Opérations and Maintenance Director.
Hello Antoine, first of all, could you describe your career?
After a DUT in bio option environment, I moved to Scotland where I did a bachelor’s degree in physics, again in environmental sciences, then a master’s degree in renewable energy engineering. After my degree, I joined the teams of Lightsource in London, the British leader in solar energy. I started as a plant operations manager in France, and later became responsible for the maintenance of a portfolio of UK sites.
After a break in my career during which I travelled around the world, I joined the Services team at Amarenco France. I started as an operations manager for photovoltaic parks before moving on to the position of Operations and Maintenance Manager.
Could you describe your position, your assignments at Amarenco?
I am Operations and Maintenance Director at Amarenco Services, leading a team of 15 people. In this capacity, I am in charge of determining the service’s objectives and setting up indicators to ensure the financial profitability of the service while anticipating risks. Our team ensures that the power plants under management are producing optimally by carrying out the maintenance and repairs required for their smooth operation. We are also responsible for the real-time supervision of these power plants as well as the administrative management of the project companies.
Why did you choose to work at Amarenco?
Amarenco offers all the challenges of a large photovoltaic company, with high stakes to manage. This company also has the advantage of being located in an idyllic setting, which allows me to combine my desire for challenge in my professional life with my vital need for fresh air, countryside and calm.
Little lighter touch: what are your passions in life?
Two-wheelers! Road bike, mountain bike or motorbike. I love to take my bike and a tent and go on an adventure for the weekend.