Meet the Team: Richard Percival

In this series we interview people from across our business to share their experience of working with us and what makes them tick. This month, we interview Richard Percival, Lead Consultant at Comera Energy.

How would you describe your role at Comera Energy?

I work with residential home owners, commercial end users and construction companies to design and cost Solar PV systems – and I also work to understand their electric vehicle charging requirements and battery storage requirements.

What’s your favourite part of your role?

I love discussing renewable energy technologies with a variety of people – all with different requirements and levels of understanding – it feels like a huge privilege.

If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would they be?

Enthusiastic, analytical and hard working

What do you enjoy about working at Comera?

Its been great getting to understand so many emerging technologies and discussing them with clients – I always feel trusted to do what is right – and working with my colleagues to get them installed.

What advice would you give to someone else looking to go into your profession/industry?

Don’t leave the technical work to someone else. Its only by understanding the technical and engineering aspects of a project that you get a true understanding of what the industry is all about.

What path did you take yourself to getting here?

I did a physics degree over 20 years ago now in London, followed by a Masters in weather, climate and mathematical modelling. I’ve worked across a variety of different industries including public and private sectors – as well as academic and third sector roles. I even ran my own business for a few years – and then decided to specialise in Solar PV a few years ago.

We’ve all been working from home a lot more lately. What’s your ‘home office’ hack?

Create a routine and space to work. I’m fortunate to have a beautiful garden to look at and plenty of space to wander about in whilst on the phone.

If you had to share your ‘secret to success’, what would it be?

Remember that everything that you don’t know yet is something you can learn, so every tricky technical question is an opportunity to find out something new. I try to remain relentlessly curious about new things. There is plenty to learn about in this industry!