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Company culture

It takes a special kind of person to set out to change the world, which is what makes our BNRG family special. Each member of our team shares a profound belief that the future of energy is solar.

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As for our business philosophy, while we’re aware that our success in financing and operating solar farms across multiple territories is something few companies have matched, we are still at the start of the journey towards global net-zero carbon energy supply. We’re proud of the role we’re playing in leading the way towards clean, green affordable energy for all.

That’s why at BNRG we put our partnerships — with landowners, local developers, communities, construction and technology partners — at the heart of everything we do. This is a decades-long journey, and we’re taking it together, cultivating long-standing partnerships with passionate and likeminded businesses and individuals.

Within our team and within our partnerships, we balance idealism with realism: affordable, reliable electricity is the only kind that will satisfy all stakeholders, from investors to grid operators to end customers. We keep our focus on delivering that reliability with solar, marshalling both new and emerging technologies, and always staying flexible, so that rapid change becomes a tool we use, never an obstacle.

Our talent is what makes us tick

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Our talent is what makes us tick

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Board of Directors

David Maguire

Chief Executive Officer & Founder

A scientist by training, David is a founder member of the European trade body, AFASE and Chair of the Irish trade body, ISEA. Prior to founding BNRG, he spent over 13 years as an environmental consultant in the private and public sectors, including several years in R&D for the EPA in Ireland. In additional to overall operations of the business, David focuses on the US and European markets and technology selection.

Nicolas Holman

Chief Development Officer

Nick’s background is in finance, having spent 17 years working in Asia, Europe and the Middle East for HSBC. In 2013, Nick took over from his father Neil Holman who founded BNRG with Nick’s school friend, David in 2007. Nick is currently focused on business development in the UK, Australia and a number of key markets in the US.

Bill Sadlier

Chief Financial Officer

Bill is responsible for BNRG’s capital allocation strategy, corporate development, financial reporting and tax activities. Bill brings 16 years and 800 MW of experience in renewable energy project development, project finance and private equity in OECD markets. Prior to joining BNRG, Bill was part of the NTR team that led the investment and financing of NTR’s maiden renewable energy fund enabling a capital investment of €670m.

Paul McGowan

Non-Executive Chairman

Paul is a Chartered Accountant and a business graduate of Trinity College Dublin. He was a taxation partner in KPMG Dublin for 27 years, specialising in financial services and became the global leader for KPMG in that sector. Paul is a member of BNRG Audit & Risk and Remuneration Committees.

Fintan Whelan

Non-Executive Director

Fintan has been active in renewables since he joined the newly-formed Airtricity in 2000 as Corporate Finance Manager. He raised equity and debt at corporate and project levels for that renewables IPP right up until its sale to SSE in 2007 for nearly €2bn. As Corporate Finance Director, he focused on business model development and corporate/project funding — including Topco equity investment from Barclays Capital and Marubeni Corporation.

Mike Quinn

Non-Executive Director

Currently the CEO at Doncasters Group, Mike was previously the Group Chief Executive Officer and Director at Ervia, the Irish State gas and water utility. Mike joined the BNRG Board in 2019. Prior to his Ervia role, he served as the CEO at Bord na Móna plc. Mike is a member of BNRG Remuneration Committee.

Nicola Waters

Non-Executive Director

With a background in engineering and an MBA from London Business School, Nicola has over 12 years’ experience across multiple disciplines in renewable energy.  This includes leading the delivery of 250MW of solar, setting up a battery technology development team, creating and running an organisation that now operates and maintains over 1.5GW of solar in the UK, and overseeing the development of energy infrastructure to support data centres in Ireland.

Senior Management Team

Eoin Langford

Head of Legal

Eoin trained at Matheson where he qualified as a solicitor in 2003 and worked in the Projects Group, specialising in energy and infrastructure transactions. He subsequently moved to Eversheds, where he acted for both developers and lenders on renewables projects. Since 2007, he has held senior in-house legal roles with EirGrid, OpenHydro and Mainstream Renewable Power.

Rebecca Kelly

Head of Commercial

A Chartered Accountant, EY trained, Rebecca joined BNRG in 2013 and navigated through multiple FIT and ROC transactions, including the financing and ultimate sale of 100 MW of UK assets. Rebecca was instrumental in completing BNRG’s first US tax equity deal and is driving our partnership with Neoen in the Irish market. Prior to BNRG, Rebecca held multiple roles in Telefonica in both Business Partnering and FP&A.

Richard Jackson

Asset Manager

Richard joined BNRG team in 2020 to develop a professional and dedicated asset management structure combining all of BNRG’s operational portfolios. He brings experience from offshore renewable energy sector and the rail industry for both product development and operations.

Projects Team

Elina Cipane

US Programme Manager

Elina has been part of the BNRG team since 2015 and has gained broad experience in the solar industry, working across the Republic of Ireland, UK and US, in origination and development phases. Elina is responsible for delivery of 100 MW of projects in Maine in 2020/2021 as well as overseeing development of additional pipeline of 150 MW, which is expected to be constructed between 2021 and 2023. LinkedIn Email

Zebulon Wallace

US Programme Manager

Zeb joined the BNRG team to develop the company’s existing pipeline and support further expansion in the US market. He brings over 10 years of experience in solar development and project acquisition in the US. His enthusiastic, team-oriented approach helps overcome challenges and deliver results for the company and its clients. LinkedIn Email

Audrey Puleio

US Project Manager

A Maine native, Audrey actively collaborates across teams, working with local contractors for securing environmental permitting and grid feasibility, and helping build strong communities for a more sustainable state. She is Project Manager for Phase 2 of the Maine portfolio. LinkedIn Email

Zach Good

US Contracts Manager

A native of Maine, Zach previously managed the development and successful deployment of over 12 MW of distributed generation solar in Northern New England. In his work with BNRG Zach brings an authentic, boots-on-the-ground perspective of the management and construction practices required to deliver top-quality solar projects. LinkedIn Email

Lars Gundersen

US Assistant Project Manager

Lars grew up in Maine and is excited to be playing an active role in his home state’s clean energy transition. Working as assistant project manager for BNRG Renewables, Lars is involved in everything from budgeting to site origination to state and local solar policy. He graduated Bates College with degrees in Political Science and Environmental Science. LinkedIn Email

Daniel Moloney

Ireland Programme Manager

Daniel joined BNRG in 2019 and is responsible for the delivery of BNRG’s portfolio in Ireland. Previously he worked with the UK Power Networks Capital Design Team, and in Australia he worked as a Project Engineer for Canadian Solar, offering solutions during development, construction and commissioning of solar farms. LinkedIn Email

Ross Wolhuter

UK Programme Manager

Ross has responsibility for delivery and development of BNRG’s projects in the UK. With a decade of experience in development and project management, including the delivery of large-scale solar in the US and the UK. He was part of the core team at Primrose Solar that delivered 253 MW of sites in the UK from 2014 to 2017. LinkedIn Email

Jesse Nicholls

Australia Project Development Manager

An Aussie born and bred, Jesse joined BNRG team in 2020. He is an accountable and positive environmental, planning professional with over 15 years in both the private and public sectors in Australia and UK. Having brought 200MW to ready-to-build, originated over 100MW in NSW, and delivered Planning for numerous projects in in the Eastern States of Australia, he is adept at working with communities and regulators alike.  LinkedIn Email

Michael Slom

US Business Development Manager

Michael is a clean energy industry leader, specialising in commercial solar project finance and development. He created the Renewable Energy division at Pardee Resources, a publicly-traded natural resource company, and developed a $60m portfolio of solar projects. LinkedIn Email

Ed McCaul

Senior Land Surveyor

Ed joined the BNRG team at the start of 2015. He is responsible for assessing sites that are being considered for development by the company and acts as main point of contact with many of BNRG’s landowners in Ireland. Email

Andre Lopes

Design Engineer

Andre joined BNRG Renewables in May 2018 and is responsible for design optimisation on all projects. Previously he worked with Fotovoltec in Brazil, designing PV plants from distributed generation to utility scale. He has extensive experience in working with and programming yield analysis and bespoke design software. LinkedIn Email

James Power

Commercial Analyst

A KPMG trained chartered accountant, James is responsible for financial modelling and appraisal of projects across all jurisdictions. Prior to joining BNRG, James worked at the Irish utility company ESB, working as a Commercial Analyst in the Networks and Asset Development divisions. LinkedIn Email

Hugo Diepman

Project Engineer

Hugo joined BNRG team in 2020 as part of the asset management team. He manages the operational sites in the US and UK as well as supporting in the design process. He holds a master’s in mechanical engineering and previously worked as a design engineer with SR Technics where he designed aircraft modifications during lease transitions. LinkedIn Email

Leonardo Azevedo

Head of Procurement

With over 7 years of experience in global strategic procurement, Leo has negotiated more than 820 MW in wind, solar and battery storage contracts across the USA and Canada. Prior to BNRG, Leo worked at multinational energy companies such as ENEL (Italy) and National Grid (UK). A graduate from the Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business, he is currently earning an MBA from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management. LinkedIn Email

Chloe LeBlanc

US Project Manager

A North Carolina native, Chloe joined BNRG in 2021 to continue development of the company’s pipeline and support expansion of projects in North Carolina. Previously, Chloe managed the development of utility scale solar projects in the western region of the United States. She has a BS in Environmental Technology & Management at NC State University. LinkedIn Email

Louis Bourke

Legal Intern

Louis joined BNRG in 2021. He provides legal support on project development, corporate transactions, and regulatory/compliance issues. Prior to joining BNRG, Louis completed legal internships with McCann FitzGerald, A&L Goodbody and Arthur Cox. Louis holds a Law with Philosophy degree from University College Dublin and also works as a competition law research assistant in the UCD Sutherland School of Law. LinkedIn Email

Simon Hickey

Project Development Intern

Simon has 6 years of engineering professional experience, both in mechanical engineering and consultancy. Following completion of an MSc in Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance, Simon joined BNRG as a Project Development Intern in 2021. He is involved in both project management and commercial appraisal of solar developments from origination through to energisation. LinkedIn Email

Jessa Solis

US Assistant Project Manager

Jessa joined BNRG in 2021. She supports BNRG’s Maine portfolio as Assistant Project Manager and works with our partners and local communities to prepare new sites for construction and ensure that development runs smoothly. Jessa graduated from Bowdoin College in 2019.Email

Emma Akrawi

US Legal Counsel

Emma joined BNRG in 2021 to serve as the team’s US-based in-house lawyer, managing legal work across a number of states. She most recently clerked with judges on Maine’s state and federal courts. While at Vermont Law School, she developed expertise in environmental law and externed with a boutique renewable energy firm. She holds a Master of Environmental Management from the Yale School of the Environment. LinkedIn Email

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