About Release

About Release

Designed to overcome financial and technical barriers associated with adopting solar energy, Release is a flexible leasing agreement of pre-assembled and containerised solar PV and battery equipment to deliver a low cost, clean, and reliable power solution.

Release designs, finances and installs scalable solar power plants and battery storage and leases out the equipment on short- or long-term contracts.  We guarantee equipment performance, provide 24/7 monitoring and operation and maintenance support, and train local resources to perform regular maintenance tasks.

Focusing on medium and large energy consumers in emerging markets, we use our experience, competence, and global presence to make reliable solar power available to a larger audience.

Release is owned by Scatec ASA (68%) and Climate Investor One (32%), an impact investment fund managed by Climate Fund Managers.

Management Team

Meet our dynamic and experienced management team driving innovation and excellence.

Hans Olav Kvalvaag

Chief Executive Officer

Hans Olav Kvalvaag is the initiator and CEO for Release. He joined Scatec in June 2015 as VP business development responsible for Americas. He was in charge of the disposal of Scatec’s 100+ MW portfolio in the US and for the development of the portfolio in Latin-America and the cooperation with Equinor. Kvalvaag has also been actively involved in the project management of Scatec’s Egyptian portfolio as well being responsible for New Ventures across technologies and business models for Scatec since 2018. Kvalvaag is a lawyer by training and graduated from the University of Oslo in 2000. Before Scatec he worked as a consultant at McKinsey, a lawyer in Selmer and held various management positions in Norsk Hydro and in Ard Group.

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Torstein Berntsen

Chief Financial Officer

Torstein Berntsen took up the CFO position in Release on October 1, 2023. He has extensive experience from developing, financing, and managing renewable energy projects. Prior to joining Release, he was a member of the Executive Management team in the Scatec group. Before joining Scatec, he had more than 10 years of experience within auditing and business advisory services from Arthur Andersen and later Ernst & Young, where he served a variety of Norwegian and international clients in various industries, including some of the major listed companies in Norway. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Economics and is a State Authorized Public Accountant in Norway.

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Frédéric Grosse

Chief Operations Officer

Frederic Grosse is the COO for Release, that he contributed to develop over the last 4 years together with Hans Olav. He has 30+ years of experience in the power generation business, working out of Norway, Singapore, France and China to direct projects or run project companies delivering conventional and renewable projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Grosse has been involved in carbon capture technology, and in solar since 2008. He joined Scatec in 2016 as Project Director, before Scatec, Grosse held management positions in Alstom, Statkraft and Prysmian group. He holds a Master’s Degree in Engineering from Mines Paris PSL, France.

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Roberto Berardo

Senior Vice President Mining and Industry

Roberto Berardo is the SVP for Mining and Industries. He joined Scatec in March 2013, in South Africa as the Project Manager for the execution of the Linde Project. He led the origination and closing of the Mocuba Project in Mozambique amongst other developments in Middle East and Africa. Before joining Scatec, he was an Investment Associate for NextEnergy Capital, a leading private equity investor and asset owner. Roberto graduated in Engineering for Solar Technologies at the Technische Universitaet of Berlin.

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Clémentine Bruguière-Cossé

General Counsel

Clémentine Bruguière-Cossé is Release’s General Counsel since April 2022, having joined Scatec in 2021. She has over 15 years of experience working with companies globally. Before joining Scatec Clémentine worked for Proparco, Crédit Agricole Leasing & Factoring, RBS (Markets and International Banking) and major French and International law firms prominent in the field of renewable energies.

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Arnaud Gouet

Senior Vice President Utilities

Arnaud Gouet is the SVP for Business Development Utilities. He joined Scatec in 2020 after having been working for more than 20 years in the energy business with a large focus in Africa. Arnaud held key positions in leading companies such as Trina Solar and Wartsila, showcasing his prowess in the energy sector. Arnaud is a graduate in International Business.

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