Michael McCarthy – CEO – ISEA

Before joining ISEA as our first Chief Executive Officer, Michael was as an elected member of Cork County Council from 1999 to 2003, where he served as Vice Chairman from 2001 to 2002. He then was elected to Seanad Eireann, where he was appointed as the Labour spokesman for environment (2002-2007) and for social protection (2007-2011).

In 2011, Michael was elected to Dàil Eireann as a member of the constituency of Cork South-West. During this time he was appointed Chairman of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment by then Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore. He played a key role in the 2013 report of the Outline Heads of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill, which resulted in the Climate Change and Low Carbon Development Act.

Michael is excited to be leading ISEA and working to make solar PV a key part of Ireland’s renewable energy mix that will enable Ireland to transition to low carbon society with a diverse energy supply.


David Maguire – Chairman – Irish Solar Energy Association

David Maguire is Founder and Director of BNRG Renewables, which he set up in 2007 as a renewable energy development company specialising in utility scale solar PV projects. The Company develops, constructs and is owner operator of large scale solar projects. BNRG has developed and constructed a significant portfolio of projects with a value in excess of £200m and has operations in four countries across three continents. The Company has a development portfolio of over 400MW in the US and Republic of Ireland. An environmental scientist by profession (BSc, MA and MSc), David has over 20 years’ experience in the environmental and renewable energy sectors. He has been Chairman of Irish Solar Energy Association since 2013 and a founding member of the European Industry AFASE Group.


Paddy Phelan – Consulting Engineer – 3 Counties Energy Agency

Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency (CKEA) Manager, Paddy Phelan, is a consulting engineer who leads a growing, multi-disciplinary team charged with supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy across the public and private sector in Carlow, Kilkenny and now Wexford and helping them become near zero energy counties. The Mission of the CKEA is to lead and support these counties to reduce their CO2 emissions by stimulating and contributing to the implementation of best practise in the field of sustainable energy. Paddy is an UCD Engineering Graduate with 17 years engineering experience in project and contract management in construction industry and subsequently Energy Sector since 2007. Appointed as Manager of the Carlow Kilkenny Energy Agency in 2012. Paddy has significant experience across all areas of energy in energy efficiency, energy management, land based renewable technologies and extensive experience in EU projects. Supporting many innovative energy supply chain, project development and innovative energy finance projects to delivery in residential, community, SME and all scale renewable generation etc. Paddy is Vice President of the IRBEA, Chairman of the AIEA, an Executive member of Meitheal na Gaoithe and a former member of the State Board of SEAI and winner of several local, regional and national awards. Paddy is currently a part-time lecturer in Waterford Institute of Technology’s built environment section, specialising in Energy Recovery and Utilisation.


Fergus Sharkey, Programme Manager, SEAI

Fergus is a Chartered Engineer with over 13 years in the Energy Industry. At SEAI, Fergus is a programme manager within the Business and Public Sector team. Prior to joining SEAI in 2017, Fergus worked for ESB, holding leading roles in retrofits of conventional thermal generation, ocean energy project development, and rooftop solar PV. He leads a team in SEAI focussed on accelerating energy efficiency project activity with our public and private sector clients. His team provides a range of supports including information and training on best practice, project development grants, capital partnership programmes, and energy contracting support.