SOLAR IRELAND 2020 – 6th October – DAY 1
SOLAR IRELAND 2020 – 7th October – DAY 2
Alan Jackson - Project Engineer - Tipperary Energy Agency
Alan joined Tipperary Energy Agency in June 2016 and is a senior engineer in the agency. His responsibilities include leading the community Energy Team and carrying out feasibility studies of renewable energy projects. His role also entails completing planning permission applications, procurement and project management of energy efficient and renewable energy projects. Alan has over 14 years’ experience and is currently managing a European Project , “ A Community Virtual Power Plant”. Alan is a chartered Engineer and holds an honours degree in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College, degree in Management and a Master’s degree in Sustainable Energy and Green Technology from U.C.D. Alan has previously worked for Banagher Concrete, Tipperary County Council , EirGrid and as a planning consultant.
Anthony Doherty - Group Corporate Finance Director - NTR plc
Anthony is Group Corporate Finance Director at NTR and in addition to capital raising, Anthony has advanced NTR's recent solar investment activity in the UK & Western Europe. NTR is a sustainable infrastructure investor and asset manager that acquires, constructs and manages renewable energy projects. NTR has constructed and operated 2GW of wind projects and 630MW of solar projects across Europe and the USA. Since 2006 Anthony has successfully led the acquisition and financing of UK & Western Europe renewable power projects in solar, onshore wind, bioenergy and energy storage.
Bill Sadlier - Chief Financial Officer - BNRG Renewables
Founded in 2007, BNRG Renewables is an international developer, constructor and owner/ operator of solar projects. BNRG is based in Dublin, Ireland with a solid track record of successfully delivering in multiple markets simultaneously. The Company has developed over 225 MW, financed and constructed over 125 MW of ground mounted and rooftop projects comprising approximately US$285 million in value in the UK, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria, Greece, and the US and is currently constructing a 24 MW portfolio of projects in Oregon, USA. Every project that BNRG has completed has exceeded its initial performance projections. This is a function of the careful attention to design optimization and technology selection. The Company has dedicated a considerable resource to getting these elements fine-tuned to deliver value and exceed expectations. BNRG has been an early mover in most of the markets it has participated in, allowing it to secure the best available sites with suitable grid capacity.
Boban Vujovic - Portfolio Lifecycle Management (PV & BESS) - KACO new energy - A Siemens Company
Boban is part of the product lifecycle management team at KACO new energy, a German manufacturer of string inverters and a 100% subsidiary of Siemens AG.
With a background in electrical engineering Boban started his career at KACO five years ago and has in that time been involved in technical support within the global service division as well as spending several years within technical sales as part of KACO’s power plant solutions team. As a product manager Boban is responsible for the power electronics portfolio of string inverters for photovoltaic as well as energy storage solutions, working on not only defining future products but also establishing the relevant market strategies.
Bouke van der Weerdt - Solutions Sales Manager – Huawei
Experienced Solutions Sales Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the solar inverter industry. Skilled in Product Development, Power Systems, Renewable Energy, Electrical Engineering, and Electronics. Strong sales professional with a Post-HBO focused in Service Excellence from Beeckestijn Business School.
Bram Claeys - Business Development Manager - ENGIE Fabricom
Background in chemical engineering. I’m living the solar revolution since 2007. Having participated in different aspects of the business and currently active as business development manager for ENGIE Fabricom. As part of the ENGIE group Fabricom is an EPC arm for large scale solar projects in Europe. I strongly believing in the bright future for players who manage to keep up the pace of this industry.
Chloe Kinsella - Managing Director - Cenergise
Chloe Kinsella is Managing Director of Cenergise. Cenergise is a pan-European Energy Trading and Services company with headquarters in Dublin. Cenergise has been actively involved in the development of the Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM) in Ireland. Cenergise trades on behalf of a portfolio of renewable assets in I-SEM, analysing the day ahead forecast error of wind and solar and the corresponding impact on imbalance pricing.
Chloe is a Chartered Engineer and Gold Medal Graduate of Trinity College Dublin. She has developed highly profitable trading strategies across several commodities in three Irish energy companies and has in-depth knowledge of the power markets in Europe.
Conall Bolger - Head of Ireland - Cornwall Insight
Conall is Cornwall Insight’s Head of Ireland and has fulfilled a number of consultancy, management and regulatory roles in the Irish and Northern Irish energy sector. He has worked with a range of players: from independent renewables developers and utility players, to regulators in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
At Cornwall Insight, Conall has:
- Led the development of Cornwall Insight’s business and services in Ireland and Northern Ireland
- Provided training to numerous local and international companies within the sector
- Advised a number of clients on market entry, routes to market, commercial risk management and on the functioning of the Irish and Northern Irish electricity markets
Conall is expert in regulatory affairs, energy policy and wholesale energy markets, regularly publishing and speaking on those topics. As well as possessing significant Irish experience, he has worked in the UK, Polish and Canadian energy markets.
Damien McEvoy - Chartered Engineer - Corps of Engineers - Defence Force
Damien a Chartered Engineer working in the Corps of Engineers for over 25 years. The Corps of Engineers is responsible for maintaining and upgrading all infrastructure in Defence Forces’ installations. In addition we have responsibility to provide combat and real life support to the our forces overseas. Damien is responsible for all utilities and sustainable/renewable energy projects in the Defence Forces. He headed up the project team on the White Paper Project ‘To assess the suitability of Renewable Energy Sources (Wind, Solar etc) on Defence Forces Lands and Installations’. Damien is a member of the Consultation Forum for Sustainable Energy in the Defence and Security Sectors with the European Defence Agency.
David Maguire - Chairman - ISEA
David is a Founder and Director of the BNRG Group. The Group develops, construction and is owner/operation of utility scale solar PV Parks. The Company has commissioned a significant portfolio of projects across Europe and the US with a value in excess of €300m and more recently has been developing projects in Australia. BNRG was the first company to gain planning permission for a utility scale solar project on the Island of Ireland and the first company to use crowdfunding to fund large scale ground mount solar projects. David is an environmental scientist by profession and holds Masters degrees from National University of Ireland and the University of Wales, in Environmental Sciences and Resource Management. Prior to renewable energy development, David held positions with the Environmental Protection Agency with responsibility for Research & Development. With over 22 years in the environmental and renewable energy sectors, he is consulted frequently on complex environmental and energy issues. David is a Founder of Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy ‘AFASE’ representing over 860 companies with a combined annual turnover of £26bn and employing over 86,000 people. In addition, David is a Founder of the Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA) and has acted as Chairman since 2013.
David McInerney - Contracts & Commercial Manager - ElectroRoute
David joined ElectroRoute from SSE plc, where he had responsibility for renewable PPA origination and more recently, as Business Development principal for Business Energy customers. ElectroRoute’s Client Services division provides tailor-made energy trading services for clients and currently has over 600MW of assets under management. At ElectroRoute, David will be responsible for working with clients to develop bespoke structures and contracts to enable these clients gain independent and flexible routes to the wholesale energy markets. This will include tailored services focussed on direct routes to market, PPAs, imbalance management and trading services in the power and gas sector.
Donal Smith - Director - Switched In Consulting
Donal is a Connection policy specialist. He is a member of IWEA council and Chair of the IWEA Grid Committee.
Donal was previously Grid Manager at Brookfield Renewable/Bord Gais Energy. Part of the senior development team since 2010 and responsible for connection of over 500MWs of wind generation assets.
Eamon Ryan TD - Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport
Eamon Ryan TD is the Minister for Climate Action, Communication Networks and Transport. He was appointed to this role in June 2020.
Eamon Ryan was elected to represent Dublin Bay South in the 2020 general election.
He was born in Dublin and raised in Dundrum and Dartry.
He studied commerce in UCD before taking a job managing a marketing course in the university's School of Business. He went on to found a cycling tourism company, Irish Cycling Safaris, in the late 1980s and in 1996 won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.
He was the founding chairperson of the Dublin Cycling Campaign and began his political career as a Dublin City Councillor for the Rathgar-Rathmines ward. He then went on to serve both as a TD for Dublin South and as a Government Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources.
In recent years he has worked for a European climate organisation and chaired the digital policy group in the Institute of International and European Affairs.
He is currently leader of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas.
You can contact Mr Ryan at Minister.Ryan@dccae.gov.ie
Eoin Cassidy - Partner - Mason Hayes & Curran
Eoin is a partner in Mason Hayes & Curran’s Construction department and is the Energy Sector Lead in Mason Hayes & Curran. Eoin has acted for developers, investors and funders on the development, financing, acquisition and disposal of a significant number of energy projects and portfolios in Ireland with a focus on renewables. He also provides advice to clients on construction, planning, environmental regulatory and grid connection for complex infrastructure projects during development, construction and operation. In contentious matters, Eoin has acted for clients in a number of High Court and Commercial Court proceedings, conciliations and arbitrations representing the interests of employers, contractors and sub-contractors in the resolution of disputes in high-value matters in the energy and construction sectors. Eoin is recognised by Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners as one of Ireland’s leading lawyers in the energy sector.
Eoin Hartigan - Head of Origination, Project Finance - Bank of Ireland
Eoin Hartigan is responsible for the origination of project finance transactions across the energy and infrastructure sectors.
Bank of Ireland is recognised as the leading Project Finance bank in the Irish market with substantial energy/wind/ solar and infrastructure/PPP portfolios.
Previously Eoin worked in the Global Leverage Acquisition Finance/ Global Project Finance team in the BOI Corporate Banking division and was a key member of the RBS/Ulster Banking Corporate Banking Project Finance team.
Garry Connolly - Founder and President - Host in Ireland
Garry Connolly is the President and Founder of Host in Ireland, a strategic global initiative created to increase awareness of the benefits of hosting digital assets in Ireland and Irish companies delivering international data centre projects. A self-proclaimed “stubborn digital optimist,” Garry is a much sought-after keynote speaker, panellist and moderator at global industry events.
Gary Connolly - Commercial Director - Activ8 Solar Energies
Experienced Commercial Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the renewables and environment industry. Skilled in Asset Management, Fund Administration, Mutual Funds, Management, and Hedge Funds. Strong sales professional with a BBA in Finance focused in Financial Markets, Accounting, Statistics from The University of Memphis.
Gavin Blake - Partner - ByrneWallace
Gavin is a Partner and Head of the ByrneWallace Energy & Natural Resources team.
Gavin has over ten years’ experience advising clients in the energy sector, in particular in relation to wind farm projects but also extending to projects in the fields of solar PV, bioenergy, hydro, auto-production, conventional power, AD and CHP. He works with developers, funders and investors from the preliminary site acquisition and consenting phase right through to project finance and construction. In addition, Gavin has acted in the purchase and sale of approximately 300MW of both development stage and operational wind farms projects in ROI.
Prior to joining ByrneWallace in July 2018, Gavin was Partner in the Energy & Natural Resources team of another large Dublin law firm. He was also previously company secretary of a multi-national renewable energy developer.
Gavin is a member of a number of associations in the Irish Energy Sector, and was appointed Secretary of the Irish Solar Energy Association in July 2019.
Hariram Subramanian - CTO - Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV Solution
Hariram Subramanian is CTO of the Huawei FusionSolar Smart PV Solution – Europe and is also responsible for large utility scale power plant design and grid integration. He received his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering in Germany in 2005, and an MBA degree in International business and strategy from Germany and an executive MBA from the Leeds, UK in 2012.
Before being named to his current role at Huawei, he has held R&D, Product Management and senior technical solution sales positions at PV inverter manufacturing companies. He has worked extensively in the Energy conversion technology field as a senior R&D engineer, especially in the field of control engineering for power electronics and PV Grid Integration. He then moved into techno-commercial and product management roles in the solar inverter industry focusing on utility scale PV projects. He has in total 15 years of experience in the energy conversion business. His interests are Grid integration of Renewables, New PV system Architectures, Applications with innovative power electronics systems like EV and Data Center Power Delivery.
Hugh Mullany - Managing Director - Mullany Energy
Hugh is an independent energy consultant in Ireland, with experience dating continuously in the sector back to 2003. With a PhD in biomedical engineering, Hugh's track record in the energy industry requires a continued willingness to learn and adapt to new areas as the need arises. Starting with a role with the Transmission System Operator back in 2003 (ancillary services, locational signals, demand response), the focus of his consultancy has evolved with the opportunities and activity in the all-island electricity and gas industry.
James Conlon - Department of Communications, Climate Action and Energy (DCCAE)
James is a Chartered Engineer and Project Manager of the Renewable Electricity Support Scheme project with DCCAE on secondment from EirGrid. He has 13 years of experience in the delivery of renewable energy and electricity transmission infrastructure projects in both the private and public sectors. He graduated as an Engineer from Trinity College and has a Masters in Renewable Energy Systems and Postgraduate Diploma in Construction and Contract Law.
Dr John Carty PhD, B.A, B.A.I, C. Eng. MIEI - Projects Director - Enerpower
Dr John holds a PhD in sustainable development and carbon emissions and an honours degree in civil, structural and environmental engineering. Dr John has seventeen years of
experience garnered across a diverse range of technical projects, including commercial, environmental, energy and infrastructure projects.
Dr John manages stakeholder interests from due diligence and concept development through to planning, design, procurement, construction, commissioning and handover stages.
Kevin O’Donovan - Managing Director -Statkraft Ireland
Kevin is responsible for the Statkraft’s renewable energy projects in Ireland.
Statkraft is a leading company in renewable energy internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, solar power, gas-fired power and supplies district heating. Statkraft is also a global company in energy market operations. Statkraft has 4,000 employees in 16 countries. Last year, it produced 62 terawatt hours of electricity, enough to supply more than 60 million homes, 98 per cent of which came from renewable sources.
Ireland is one of the selected new growth markets for Statkraft. The company employs over 55 people here who are developing a large portfolio of renewable energy technologies including onshore wind farms, solar farms, offshore wind farms and battery projects as well as a market trading business.
In 2018, Statkraft acquired 100 per cent of the shares in Element Power’s Irish business. The company’s global ambition is to increase its portfolio of wind power assets to 6,000 MW and solar power assets to 2,000 MW by 2025.
Lee Moscovitch - Partner and Portfolio Manager - Greencoat Solar, Greencoat Capital
Lee joined Greencoat Capital in 2014 and oversees Greencoat Solar. He has 19 years’ experience in project finance and investment.
He joined Greencoat Capital from Zouk Capital where he spent six years focusing on solar PV. He played a key role in constructing Zouk's successful solar portfolio, and was involved in all stages of the cycle from origination and execution to management and exit.
Prior to Zouk, Lee was at Climate Change Capital in the carbon finance team. He joined Climate Change Capital from Investec where he had spent six years both investing in and advising on a range of debt and equity deals across the broader energy and social infrastructure space.
Lee holds a BA in Chinese and Management Studies from Durham University.
Greencoat Capital LLP is a specialist infrastructure investment manager dedicated to the renewable energy sector. It has offices in London and Dublin and approaching £5bn under management, making it one of the largest such fund managers in Europe. It was founded in 2009 and currently manages fund strategies investing in wind, solar, bioenergy and renewable heat infrastructure.
Liam Ryan - Chief Innovation and Planning Officer - EirGrid Group
Prior to this Liam was Interim Director of Grid Development & Interconnection. He also held a number of other positions in EirGrid including Head of the Integrated Single Electricity Market transition, Head of Transmission Engineering & Maintenance, Head of Market Operations, Head of Power System Operational Planning and Head of Programme Management Office.
Before joining EirGrid, Liam held a number of senior roles in Hewlett Packard manufacturing and innovation departments and before that worked in consultancy. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he has a PhD and Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and holds a Masters in Mathematics.
Mark Foley - CEO - EirGrid Group
Mark Foley joined EirGrid Group as chief executive in June 2018, having held the role of Managing Director of Land Solutions in Coillte since January 2016. Previous to that, Mark was Managing Director of Coillte Enterprise where he led the development of new businesses in renewable energy, telecommunications and land development.
Before that, from November 2000 to August 2008, Mark was Director of Capital Programmes at Dublin Airport Authority. In this role he was responsible for master planning, permitting, planning and delivery of c. €1.5bn in airport infrastructure at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports. Prior to that Mark held a number of senior executives roles with multinationals in the Speciality Chemicals and Electronics sectors. Mark has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degree from University College Dublin, a Masters in Industrial Engineering from University College Dublin as has attended executive development courses in Penn State University and IMD.
Mark Taheny - Director - Centrus Advisors
Mark has over 10 years’ banking, capital markets and advisory experience. At Centrus, Mark has led the debt financing and hedging of a number of significant transactions in the infrastructure, renewable energy and housing sectors. In renewable energy specifically, Mark has led many risk management strategies ranging through Interest Rate, Inflation, FX, from pre-deal/deal contingent, through financial close, M&A activity and restructuring.
Mark holds an Msc in Quantitative Finance and is a member of the Irish Association of Corporate Treasurers and the Institute of Bankers.
Mark Turner - Partner - Baringa Partners
Mark is an expert in European wholesale power markets, and an experienced energy management consultant working in the Energy Advisory practice of Baringa Partners.
Baringa Partners is a business and IT consultancy with a difference. We are privileged to work with the leading and most innovative companies in the Energy, Utilities and Financial Services sectors either to implement new or optimise existing business capabilities relating to people, processes and technology. Our teams deliver process, technology, organisation and people transformation; risk and compliance; and customer experience projects across the UK and continental Europe.
Baringa Energy Advisory (EA) helps clients across Europe to shape policy, analyse opportunities, build business models and transform performance.
Michael Moore - Development Manager UK & Ireland - Elgin Energy
Chartered Engineer with 16 years of extensive experience in both project managing and designing of large engineering projects in Ireland, Australia and Poland.
Currently managing a programme of solar development projects in Ireland and UK. Responsible for strategy development, implementation and also route to market through PPAs
Over 6 years project management experience in electrical installations including substation and powerline developments with EirGrid in Ireland.
Previous to electrical installations Michael practised as a civil and structural engineer, designing and managing projects in Ireland Australia and Poland.
Paddy Hayes - Managing Director - ESB Networks
Paddy Hayes was appointed Managing Director, ESB Networks in May 2018. Prior to this he held the position of Executive Director, Generation and Wholesale Markets. Previously, he held various senior management positions in ESB including Head of Independent Generation and Manager Energy Portfolio. Prior to joining ESB in 1999, Paddy worked in a number of roles with British Steel. He is a Chartered Engineer and holds a masters degree in Engineering from University College Dublin and MBA from the University of Warwick.
Peter Kavanagh - Director - Highfield Energy Services Ltd
Highfield Energy is a leading developer of renewable and clean-energy projects, with projects in Ireland and overseas. Our development pipeline includes utility-scale wind and solar photovoltaic generation, stand-alone and co-located battery storage projects. Find out more about our activities in your region by exploring the map below.
PJ Flanagan - CEO - H&MV Engineering
PJ Flanagan is the CEO of H&MV Engineering, the specialist high voltage energy turnkey solutions company. He has over 22 years’ experience in the power and infrastructure industries both in Ireland and internationally.
PJ began his career with H&MV in 1998 as its first electrical Apprentice. He quickly became a driving force at H&MV as it grew its business across Ireland and abroad. PJ has a relentless desire to achieving the highest possible standards for his clients. Living in Tipperary, PJ is involved in his local GAA Club at several different levels. He is married and has two young children.
In 2010 PJ became a director with a personal ambition to make H&MV a brand leader in its industry worldwide. PJ took over as CEO of the group in 2015 and today the group have over 300 people working for them across the globe with active projects in eight different countries across the greater EMEA region.
The Company is keenly focused on developing renewable energy concepts in Ireland and across the globe. We work in partnership with clients from feasibility and early stage design through to installation and energisation. To date H&MV Engineering has connected over 2.5 GW of renewable energy to the grid in Ireland, Scandinavia and the UK.
As part of our CSR strategy, in 2019, H&MV became carbon neutral and despite our continued growth, have a commitment to continue to reduce our carbon footprint through numerous initiatives.
PJ’s focus has always been on developing offerings of turnkey energy solutions to major industry users and utilities worldwide. Possessing exceptional brand reputation, an exemplary safety record and a workforce that exudes loyalty, integrity, safety, commitment, teamwork & passion, the future is very bright for H&MV Engineering.
Ray O'Neill - CEO - fincovi
Ray is the CEO of fincovi, a company dedicated to enabling asset managers and funds to grow. fincovi takes away the financial administration burden that slows down the industry and gives customers back strategic control. fincovi is a dedicated renewable energy financial services provider offering investment grade commercial/financial SPV administration services driven by their end-to-end technology platform.
Ray has a background in project finance (AIB) and clean tech investments (BVP), mixed with roles in the technology sector (Microsoft, Accenture, CSIRO).
Ray is also the founder of Climate Cocktail Club, a non-for-profit organisation with networking chapters around the world including Dublin, London, Amsterdam, San Fran & New York.
Ray would like to see rrenewable energy leapfrog aviation and real-estate as the most sought after, best managed and most sustainable real asset class.
Rebecca McManus - Associate - Aurora
Rebecca leads the Ireland Power Markets research team at Aurora, providing valuable intelligence on Ireland’s energy transformation through forecasts, reports, forums and advisory services.
While at Aurora, Rebecca has:
- Been instrumental in driving Aurora’s expansion into Ireland, developing a diverse market intelligence subscriber group consisting of regulators, utilities, financiers and developers
- Led Aurora’s influential research into Ireland’s critical policy issues including the DS3 system services, Climate Action Plan targets and RESS auctions
- Advised clients on bidding strategies for Ireland’s first competitive system services auctions and renewable auctions
Ruairi Geary - Engineering Manager - TLI Group
Ruairi is the Engineering Manager with TLI Group with responsibility for Grid Connections (All Voltages) across the Island of Ireland and the UK. He spent 6 years with the Irish Utility, ESBI in their design department, designing both overhead lines and UG cables. He has worked abroad for the state utility Saskspower in Canada before returning to Ireland to take up his current position with TLI Group. Ruairi has 12+ years’ experience in the HV market in Ireland and is hugely experienced in working alongside Eirgrid and ESB Networks.
Sean Manley - Country Director - Natural Power
Seán is Country Director for Natural Power in Ireland with responsibility for overseeing the delivery of planning & environmental, construction management, asset management and due diligence advisory services. Seán has provided owner’s engineer and advisory services in the pre-construction and construction phases of over 4GW of renewable energy development projects in Ireland, UK and Europe, including several solar PV projects constructed under ROC support in UK. Seán has also provided technical due diligence services to lenders, developers and funders to inform project financing and M&A transactions in solar and wind, including >55 solar PV projects in Ireland in the past 12 months.
Stefan Froböse - CTO Europe - Sungrow
Stefan who holds a degree in Electrical Engineering has been with the company since 2016. At Sungrow Stefan is a member of the European Management Team, responsible for Product Management, Project Management and System Engineering. Previously he was the Director Product Management at Conergy in Hamburg.
Stefan possesses more than 20 years of management experience in the semiconductor and solar industry which includes various positions in Sales and Product Management.
He is Vice President of the Board at the PV Cycle in Brussels.