Our Company


BNRG Renewables is an international developer of solar projects based in Dublin, Ireland. The Company has developed, financed and constructed over 110 MW of ground mounted and rooftop projects comprising approximately USD260 million in value in the Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and Greece and is currently constructing a 32 MW portfolio of projects in Oregon, USA.

The Company has a pipeline of 250 MW of projects under development in Ireland, which will be constructed between 2019 and 2021 through its Joint Venture vehicle BNRG Neoen. BNRG also has a pipeline of 105 MW under development in Maine, in the US with construction expected to commence in 2019.

BNRG’s approach is to construct and hold assets for a 3 – 5 years, ensuring that performance is optimized before selling.

Our Partners


BNRG works with a key team of strategic partners and only uses best in class equipment suppliers. We partner with highly-experienced Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) firms who apply the most up-to-date and highest quality of design and installation practices. BNRG partners with a number of leading professional advisory firms both internationally and locally. We rely on this key team of professional partners to assist us in delivering our projects on time, on budget and in an environmentally-responsible manner.









MEET THE TEAM





Our Board of Directors


David Maguire

Founder Director

David is an environmental scientist by profession respectively holds Masters degrees from National University of Ireland and the University of Wales, in Environmental Sciences and Resource Management. With over 20 years in the environmental and renewable energy sectors, he is consulted frequently on complex environmental and energy issues. David is a founding member of the Irish Solar Energy Association ‘ISEA” and the Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy ‘AFASE’, the industry group that represents over 850 European companies with a combined annual turnover of over €25bn and employing over 84,000 people. David held positions with the Environmental Protection Agency with responsibility for Research & Development.

Nick Holman

Director

Prior to joining BNRG, Nick spent 17 years working in Asia, Europe and the Middle East as an International Manager for the HSBC Group. During this time, Nick has performed a diverse number of senior roles including running HSBC’s Trade and Supply Chain business in Paris, project managing the establishment of a Business Process Outsourcing centre in the Philippines and leading HSBC’s global trade finance transformation project in Hong Kong. He has recently completed the Mid-Career Master’s in Public Administration programme at the Harvard Kennedy School where he focused on Infrastructure Finance, Innovation and Microfinance. Nick also holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and a BA in Economics and Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin.

Paul McGowan

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. Since retiring from KPMG Paul was appointed as a chairman of the Taoiseach’s IFSC Funds Group and has taken on a number of varied directorships including chairman of the board of Aegon Ireland Plc and Coronation Capital. A board member of Milestone Aviation Group and Chair of the Audit Committee for Blackrock’s Irish Mutual Funds.

Fintan Whelan

Director

Fintan Whelan has been active in Renewables since he joined the newly formed Airtricity in 2000 as Corporate Finance Manager. He raised equity & debt at both corporate & project levels for that renewables IPP right up until its sale to SSE in 2007 for nearly €2bn. In 2008, he co-founded Mainstream Renewable Power, along with ex Airtricity CEO Eddie O’Connor, focusing on development of solar & onshore/offshore wind projects across a number of markets – US, Canada, Chile, South Africa, Ireland, UK and Germany. As Corporate Finance Director, he had a particular focus on Business Model development and corporate/project funding raising – including Topco equity investment from Barclays Capital and Marubeni Corporation.

Our Senior Team


Rebecca Kelly

Head of Finance

Rebecca is a Chartered Accountant, having trained with Ernst & Young. Rebecca joined BNRG in 2012 from Telefonica O2, where she held several roles including managing the transition of O2’s network to a shared network within a Joint Venture with Eircom and leading the budgeting process for the organisation. Rebecca was also finance manager for Yahoo in both its Dublin and London offices. Rebecca has a B.A. in Accounting & Finance from DCU.

Tina Raleigh

Head of Planning

Tina is a chartered Engineer with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering (BE Civil) from University College Cork.  Tina has over 20 years’ post-graduate experience, and has amassed a wide and varied expertise in all aspects of environmental, infrastructural and energy projects, from inception, planning through to detailed project design, construction and operation.  Tina’s previous roles include Director with Fehily Timoney & Company where she managed the Environmental and Energy division of the company.Tina currently heads up Planning for BNRG Renewables in Ireland.

Kaj Christiansen

Programme Manager - Ireland

Kaj is a Chartered Engineer with a BEng in Environmental Engineering from NUI Galway and an MSc in Renewable Energy Engineering from King College, Aberdeen. After completion of his Masters Kaj worked both as a project engineer and project manager with Vattenfall AB of Europe’s largest energy utility companies developing and constructing offshore wind farms across the southern North Sea. Kaj joined BNRG in September 2015 as a Project Manager and is now working on a number of BNRG’s solar PV development sites in the UK and Ireland.

Ross Wolhuter

Programme Manager USA

Ross has worked in the renewable energy industry for seven years, across both sales and project management, focusing in the last three years on the delivery of large scale ground mount solar farms. He was part of a team at Primrose Solar that delivered 253 MWp of sites, ranging from 5MWp to 50MWp, with direct responsibility for in excess of 150 MWp. Prior to working in the renewable energy industry, Ross studied at the University of Leeds, where he graduated with a BA in Environment and Business.

Brian O'Rourke

Programme Manager Australia

Brian is an engineer by profession and holds master’s degrees in both engineering and business having studied in National University of Ireland, Cork and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Brian has been active in Renewables since 2006, initially working in technology R&D for offshore renewables, then in government policy, before taking up a commercial role in a solar PV company. Immediately prior to joining BNRG, Brian worked with a global solar PV EPC company where he successfully establishing businesses for them in Australia and the Philippines contracting 50 MW directly and enabling additional MW’s through frameworks and partnerships he established. Brian was responsible for the complete sales cycle from origination to contract signing whilst in parallel established the necessary partnerships to execute the projects.

Brian will lead BNRG’s market entry into Australia whilst also leveraging his EPC experience for the benefit BNRG’s projects globally.

Elina Cipane

Project Co-ordinator

Elina graduated from Ventspils University College in Latvia where she acquired Bachelor Degree of Business Administration and Economics with Specialization in Marketing Management. She then moved to Ireland where she worked in various roles in Billing and Sales Operations in IT industry. Elina joined BNRG Renewables in 2015 and is currently coordinating the company’s development portfolio across Ireland and US.

Ed McCaul

Senior Land Surveyor

Ed joined the BNRG team at the start of 2015. After graduating with a BSc in Landscape Horticulture from UCD in 2002, he spent 12 years working in Landscape Design and Construction. As Senior Land Surveyor, Ed is responsible for assessing sites that are being considered for development by the Company. In addition to survey responsibilities, he acts as main point of contact with many of our landowners in Ireland.

Kieran Tonra

Financial Assistant

Kieran is an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants member, having trained in Allied Irish Bank. Kieran trained as a Finance Graduate in AIB completing reconciliations for the GB and FTB Head Office Accounts. After completing his ACCA exams Kieran joined the EBS Retail team as an Accountant responsible for three Mortgage Securitisation portfolios. Kieran joined BNRG in 2018 after spending three years working and travelling across Canada and Australia. While travelling Kieran held positions as an Accounts Receivable Analyst with Blue Ant Media in Toronto and as a Credit Control Officer for George Weston Foods in Sydney

Andre Lopes

Design Engineer

Andre graduated from Federal Technological University of Parana in Brazil where he acquired Bachelor Degree in Electrical Engineering. He worked for 18 months at Fotovoltec designing PV plants from distributed generation to utility scale. Andre joined BNRG Renewables in May 2018 as Design Engineer and is now working on a number of BNRG’s solar PV sites across the US.

Sean Wallace

Corporate Counsel

Sean is the principal of Wallace & Co., a Dublin-based law firm which specialises in corporate transaction and advisory services. Sean works with a small portfolio of renewable energy companies dealing with their operational and transactional requirements, across a range of industry sectors and projects. He has significant experience in project finance, joint ventures and mergers & acquisitions transactions.

Gabriela Kavanagh

Executive Assistant

Gabriela graduated from University of Law in Bucharest, Romania where she acquired Bachelors Law Degree and Master Degree in Private International Law. She has worked as Legal Specialist in Romania and Ireland on numerous occasions since then. In 2011 she moved to Ireland where she worked as Executive Assistant. Gabriela joined BNRG Renewables in 2017 and she is currently the Executive Assistant to David Maguire and Nicolas Holman. 

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