Phelan Energy


The Phelan Energy Group

Phelan Energy delivers efficient, renewable solar energy projects that create true holistic socio-economic human impact, through innovative energy solutions with an international vision and an entrepreneurial ethos.

About Phelan Energy Group

The Phelan Energy Group was established in 2005, after alternative energy grabbed our founder, Paschal Phelan’s entrepreneurial attention. As passionate about renewable energy as about people development, our group is a leading international developer and innovator in the renewable energy sector and the storage thereof, through the production of photovoltaic solar electricity.


With a vision of driving international volume and footprint by being the world’s lowest-cost producer without compromising quality, Phelan Energy, with its subsidiary Solar Capital, currently have 25 fully permitted sites with the potential for 2.5 GW.


Phelan Energy focuses exclusively on investments in large solar plants, ranging from 10 MW–200 MW, such as the 175 MW facility in De Aar – the largest solar farm in the Southern Hemisphere, Africa and the Middle East.


View active projects or pipeline projects via Solar Capital’s website.

Meet The Chairman

Paschal Phelan: Founder and Executive Chairman of Phelan Energy Group


Originally from Ireland, Mr Phelan started working in the banking sector in Sydney, Australia, before being appointed as the European Foreign Trade Director for the Irish Government Food Export Agency, based in Brussels.


In the early 80s, he established his own food manufacturing export company in Ireland, which went on to become one of the most innovative and successful Irish companies of that decade. Following this, Mr Phelan went on to invest in various thriving food-related businesses in the USA, UK and Russia.


With his relocation to Cape Town in 2002, he intended to retire. However, when he realised that there was an opportunity within the energy sector to provide solutions to South Africa’s energy and employment challenges (two of his greatest passions), he formed Phelan Holdings SA.  He subsequently created Solar Capital which is shareholder, developer, project manager and joint O&M contractor of the largest solar farm (175MW) in the Southern Hemisphere, Africa and the Middle East.


Our future focus:




The Phelan Energy Group is the international leader in low cost, high quality PV solutions. Phelan Energy Group, with its subsidiary Solar Capital, have built up a local and international proficiency in renewable energy, in order to realise their mission. Through determined cost management, innovation and efficiency, without compromising quality, we have become the lowest cost producer of solar energy that is also cost competitive with fossil fuels.

Global Prominence

At Phelan Energy we pride ourselves on our continuing international penetration of the renewable energy world.
Currently we have interests in the following areas:


In mid 2016 Argentina held their first round of bidding for renewable energy projects. Phelan Energy Group will likely partake in the next bidding round.


Brazil has ambitious targets of contracting 1–2 GW of solar contracts per year. Phelan Energy Group aims to partake in one of the government-run auctions in the near future.


Phelan Energy Group submitted a proposal in November 2016 for a 1 GW project and we are awaiting the outcome.


Phelan Energy Group submitted a proposal to governmental authorities in May 2016.

Saudi Arabia

Phelan Energy Group will partake in the next government tender.


Phelan Energy Group submitted a proposal and will partake in the next tender process.

United Arab Emirates

Phelan Energy Group partook in the Sweihan PV Project in Abu Dhabi and submitted the third lowest price for solar PV in the world ever. We will partake in future UAE projects.


Phelan Energy Group secured a 10 MW project in Iran. Our aim is to have 50 MW of projects by the end of 2017 and 500 MW of projects by 2022.


We are awaiting a tender to be released.


Phelan Energy Group have proposed a 30 MW Solar Project to the Government of Bangladesh and are awaiting approval.


Phelan Energy Group will enter the Indian market in the first quarter of 2017 by partaking in the National Solar Programme via SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India).

South East Asia

Many countries in South East Asia are in the process of implementing solar programmes and Phelan Energy Group will most likely participate. Countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines are of particular interest.

South Africa

175 MW is operational. We have secured a pipeline in excess of 2 000 MW of bid-ready solar projects.


Phelan-SECI Energia Consortium pre-qualified for Senegal’s 100 MW International Finance Corporation (IFC) Scaling Solar Bid.


Phelan Energy Group will partake in the next tender process.


Phelan Energy Group will partake in the next tender process.


We are watching the progress of market.


We are watching the progress of market.

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Contact Us

T: +27 (0)21 433 0366
F: +27 (0)21 433 2099
E: info@phelanenergy.co.za


Physical address: 47 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town, 8005
Postal address: PO Box 1199, Green Point, Cape Town, 8051, South Africa