Michael co-founded Solar 21 in 2010 with his brother Andrew Bradley following a period of research into renewable energy in Germany and Italy and the government incentives (Feed-in tariffs) available to developers and operators of renewable energy plants.
Having built a successful insurance and investment intermediary business, Michael recognised the appetite among private investors for alternative investment opportunities. Working with his own private clients initially, extending to other partners and industry contacts, Michael built a fund-raising network for renewable energy projects.
The first acquisitions were operational solar farms in Italy, backed by Italian government feed-in tariffs and funded by private equity and bank financing. More recent projects have diversified into biomass and biogas/anaerobic digestion technologies, both of which benefit from UK government incentives, and Energy from Waste. These projects have been fully funded by private investment to date.
Michael has a Higher National Diploma in Mechanical Engineering and is a Qualified Financial Advisor (QFA) with over 25 years’ experience working with Abbey Life and Zurich Life. Michael established his own financial advisory firm in 2002, which specialises in investments and pensions. It has a staff of over 20 and in excess of 10,000 clients.