Businessman John Mullins receives Legion of Honour award for contribution to France's solar energy market
Published 20/05/2016 | 11:37
France has awarded its highest civilian honour to Irish businessman John Mullins, recognising his work in developing the country’s solar energy market.
Corkman John Mullins, chief executive of Amarenco Solar, was awarded the Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (Legion of Honour) at a ceremony in the French Embassy in Dublin, by the Ambassador of France to Ireland, Mr. Jean-Pierre Thébault.
Mullins is the former head of Bord Gais Eireann and current chairman of the Port of Cork and sits on the board of Irish companies including Wisetek, Mainline and Heneghan PR.
Amarenco is an independent power company that invests in, builds and operates solar power-plants. Its been active in the French market since 2014 and now has over 130 megawatts of operating and in-development solar projects. Amarenco is headquartered in Cork and has offices are in Nice and Gaillac.
The Legion of Honour can be awarded to non-French citizens in recognition of actions benefitting the French nation, and is given at the discretion of the President of France, Francois Hollande.
“It is a great honour for me personally, but more importantly for the whole team in Amarenco and for our partners across France and Ireland, to receive the Legion of Honour award,” John Mullins said.