David Maguire, Chairman, Irish Solar Energy Association
Irish Solar Energy Association
The team are currently in the process of securing the leading industry stakeholders to present at Solar Ireland 2018. The presentations will be grouped into key themes which collectively provide complete coverage of the Irish solar industry. If you are interested in speaking, please Jackie Cannon Event Director, [email protected] or call +44 (0)1923 690200
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Eamon Ryan was elected to represent Dublin Bay South in the 2016 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 1980's and in 1996 won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. The business still trades successfully as Cycling Safaris. 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, Eamon has worked for a European climate organisation (www.e3g.org) and chaired the digital policy group in the Institute of International and European Affairs (www.iiea.com). He is currently leader of the Green Party/Comhaontas Glas (www.greenparty.ie) and is married to writer Victoria White, they have four children.
Paul has over 15 years of renewables and investment experience, of which the last 10 have been focussed solely on renewables. He joined Greencoat Capital in 2009 and has specialised in managing investments in the wind and solar generation sectors, working across development, operations, technology, and financing. In that time, Paul oversaw Airvolution Energy, a UK based wind developer which has developed and constructed over 60MW of wind assets as well as Lumicity, a UK solar developer which developed over 60MW of solar assets.
Paul has been a Partner of Greencoat Capital since 2016, and has been based in Dublin since 2013. Prior to joining Greencoat Capital, he worked with Libertas Capital, the specialist renewable energy investment bank. At Libertas, Paul advised renewable companies on raising equity and focussed on the AIM market. He started his career with PwC Ireland in Dublin. Paul sits on the Investment Committee of Greencoat Renewables. He also sits on the board Endeco Technologies (Ireland), a portfolio company of ESBNM. Paul holds a BBS (Hons) in Finance from Trinity College Dublin.
Anthony is Group Corporate Finance Director at NTR plc which acquires, constructs and manages sustainable infrastructure assets. Through its associated companies, NTR has constructed and operated 1.75GW of wind projects and developed 0.6GW of solar projects to date. NTR closed an investment fund of €250 million in late 2015 and in February 2017 completed its eleventh acquisition of onshore wind assets in the United Kingdom and Ireland, bringing total MWs under management to just under 200MW (195MW). The Fund’s expected total equity and project finance capital requirement amounts to approximately €670 million. NTR is currently putting together plans for its second sustainable infrastructure fund, which it expects to launch in 2017. Solar PV investment opportunities will be considered by this fund. Anthony has successfully led the development and financing of a number of sustainable infrastructure projects across Europe in a variety of renewable energy technologies. Anthony will discuss an investor’s perspective on project requirements and risk mitigation and will also touch on opportunities with regards to the company’s investment fund.
Peter specialises in the pre-construction and grid connection of renewable energy projects. Peter has over 15 years of experience working in the power generation sector in Ireland and was formerly Managing Director of Wind Prospect Ireland who have constructed over 20% of the national installed wind energy capacity.
Rory Mullan is a senior consultant and director of MullanGrid Consulting.
A qualified Electrical Engineer, Rory has worked in the Irish Electricity Industry for over 15 years in various commercial and technical roles in utility and consultancy sectors. Rory is also a member of IWEA, NIRIG & ISEA Grid Committees.
Pat is MD of Local Power Ltd a business specialising in renewable energy generation for consumption on site and within communities. Following extensive research on the technology providers Pat partnered with Pearse Mc Henry in BHC Distributors to help develop the solar and battery storage opportunities in the emerging Irish market.
In his previous roles with The Irish Farmers Association Pat was one of the first movers to buy renewable energy at a discounted rate for farmers when the electricity market was first deregulated. As former GS and CEO of the IFA he has extensive knowledge of Agri business, farming and community engagement and has established many Farmer related businesses over the years including IFA Telecom and Agri- Aware.
Pat has served on many and diverse boards and has successfully represented Irish Farmers at the highest political and business level at home and abroad. Pat is B. Ag. Sc and holds a diploma in Directorship with the IOD and a diploma in Accounting and Finance with the ACCA.
*All speakers and presentations are subject to change.