About PDC Solar

Background to PDC Solar

PDC opened for business as a consulting firm in 1990. Co-founded by Richard the firm’s area of interest has been the development of communities with special emphasis on domestic energy issues. PDC headed the world’s largest international field test of solar cookers and, in doing so, realized the enormous potential for solar energy devices for households. Further, it became clear that for any household level intervention to be of significance on a national or global level it would have to be undertaken at a large scale.

PDC has advised those concerned with domestic energy issues along these lines.

The South African energy crisis of 2008 has finally prompted government and ESKOM into undertaking a national programme that can have the potential to save enough energy that will mitigate the building of at least one 10 Megawatt power station.

The Team

Richard Palmer

Richard, who has headed Palmer Development Consulting (PDC) since its inception in 1990 as co-founder, partner and now sole proprietor, has been consulting in the energy sector for over 15 years. Originally a Geography high school teacher, Richard retired from teaching in 1988 to undertake a Masters degree in Development Studies at Brown University and has been running PDC and a number of other businesses as owner and partner ever since.

Richard is the founding member of PDC Solar and will take an active role in overseeing the business grow and consolidate.

Keith Palmer

Keith is a Professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch where he has been employed since finishing his University Studies in the early 1980’s. He is associated with NuPower in the Western Cape and will be involved with the operations there.

Allan Graham

Allan is the co-owner and manager of a number of successful restaurants where he has built a reputation on turning losing businesses into financial successes. Allan’s great strength is his customer relations and attention to detail. He prides himself in top-class service and reviews stock and gross product almost daily. This, he says, enables him to keep his finger on the pulse of business and pick up early signals of problems brewing.

Allan is interested in managing PDC Solar with his hands-on, direct and quality targeted approach out there for all to see.

Steven Brown

Steven is a qualified Chartered Account and Chartered Financial Analyst and is therefore a member of the CFA Institute South Africa. Recently returned from a three month round-the-world tour, Steven is responsible for developing the business model for PDC Solar. He is keen to remain involved in the finances of the firm.

Debra Palmer

Debra has been assisting in the management of small businesses for the past 15 years. Her particular strengths are an attention to detail and commitment to ensuring that all administrative tasks are concluded in time and according to company procedures and policies.

Debra would assist in the daily administration of the business and ensure weekly and monthly management reports are generated on time.

PDC Solar Geysers
Susman Avenue, Blairgowrie
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa
Phone: +27 (0)11 886 4661