Microsol man installed at top of Solon as Säuberlich is ousted

Solon has ousted managing director Stefan Säuberlich and will replace him immediately with Anjan Turlapati, chairman of Microsol, which acquired the German PV stalwart earlier this year.

Säuberlich, who had also formerly been Microsol's chief executive, will retain an undefined consultancy position for several months.

The announcement underscores Microsol’s determination to put its own stamp on the company as it begins shifting production towards the Middle East and India.

“After a successful restructuring of operations, Solon is to be further integrated into Microsol,” the company confirms.

Microsol’s rescue of Solon, which toppled into bankruptcy in late 2011, saw the UAE-based manufacturer agree to retain about 600 of Solon’s employees, more than doubling its own workforce.

A single production line is being kept up in Berlin, mostly for research and development purposes.

The replacement of Säuberlich, who was hired by Solon in 2010, leaves the company with a two-member management board comprising long-time chief technology officer Lars Podlowski and 29-year-old Microsol chief executive Satyasai Kiran Turlapati.

Microsol has been candid about its intention to add most of its future capacity in the UAE and India – which it views as one of its key growth markets.

Microsol was attracted to Solon’s technology team, and to its established module brand-name in Europe and the US, in addition to its fast-growing project-development arm.

Last month the company appointed SunEdison veteran Jared Schoch as vice president and general manager of its Power Plants division, with a focus on the Americas.

Microsol’s acquisition of Solon was the most significant purchase of a Western PV manufacturer by an Asia-based player until Hanwha’s recently- clinched takeover of Q-Cells.