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.

Meet the team

Janice Finlay

Head of Economic Department

Ms Finlay leads Solar Capital’s important Economic Development Programme. Her passion and commitment to bring about economic and social development in underprivileged communities has brought about the creation of several long-term developmental programmes.

Andrew Baxter

Chief of Staff

Dr Andrew Baxter oversees organizational management and strategy development at Phelan Energy. Andrew has a plethora of experience as an executive and change agent in diverse organizations including WWF (the World Wide Fund for Nature) where he was responsible for resource mobilization, fundraising and innovation for 5 years. Previously Andrew spent 16 years in the retail and manufacturing sector, first as founder and MD of Capestorm – a technical apparel company – and later as an executive at Cape Union Mart International. Andrew holds a BSc (Hons) Environmental Science and a PhD in Palaeoecology with a focus on Climate Change. He believes that the future is bright – and especially sunny.

Samantha Lustig

Chief of People and Communication

Ms Lustig, after years of working in change management and with teams of people, joined Solar Capital to head up its people component. She has multi faceted experience, having worked in corporate finance, in the banking sector and for the last 5 years, in energy. Her focus and passion lies in organisational effectiveness, change management, coaching and working with team dynamics. She has a BSc (Hons) and a PDM.

Frederik Theron

Operations Manager

Mr Theron spent 15 years developing and executing a variety of internationally located large-scale offshore oil and gas EPC projects before joining Phelan Energy Group. He heads Phelan Energy’s operations for the portfolio of established solar farms as well as develops Phelan Energy’s ability to integrate and manage new-build solar farms in the international EPC environment. He is a registered Professional Engineer and holds an international MBA in finance and project management.

Filippo Comelli

Head of APAC Development

Mr Comelli, after several years working on a large and diverse portfolio of renewable energy projects across Europe, joined Phelan Energy Group in its expansion across markets in urgent need of low-cost renewable energy. He works on developing Phelan Energy Group’s international presence of solar and energy storage projects in emerging frontier markets. Mr Comelli holds a MSc in International Business and an International MBA degree in Corporate Finance and New Ventures Management.

Heinrich Engela

Head of Management Services Division

Mr Engela is an Electrical Engineer with just over 20 years of engineering experience. He started his career in Industrial engineering where he specialised in Instrumentation and Control of Production Plants. He spent 13 years designing, developing and constructing Nuclear Power Plants, in South Africa and Internationally. At the end of 2013 he returned to South Africa from working in Spain and shifted focus to construction and operation of Renewable Energy Power Production plants.

Jamal Ismail

Head of Acquisition and Asset Management

Mr Ismail has been working closely with Mr Phelan since 1985 on various projects worldwide. He has many years of experience in contracts, projects management and acquisition, and property management and development, and is currently in charge of real estate investment in the USA for Mr Phelan. Mr Ismail holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering plus multiple certifications in facility and projects management.

Lilly Le Roux

Head of Legal

Ms Le Roux brings a vast resource of knowledge and experience in corporate and finance law to Phelan Energy Group. After many years of working in the mining industry, with a particular focus on legal advice for the setting up and implementation of mining and exploration in Sub-Saharan Africa, she set her sights on the exciting renewable energy sector. She has been an invaluable part of the Phelan Energy Group team since 2013 and, with her commercial legal acumen, heads up the in house legal department.

Sertaç Yener

Chief Investment Officer

Mr. Sertaç Yener joins as Chief Investment Officer and was formerly Chief Executive of Kiliç Holding, a diversified conglomerate and the global leader in sea aquaculture. Prior to that, Mr Yener led senior portfolios at banks and investment houses, including Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank and Natixis.

Santiago Senn

Head of LATAM Development

Mr. Santiago Senn has recently joined the Buenos Aires office as Head of LATAM countries, He was previously the Head of Sales for the world leading battery specialist LG Chem, prior to that he held senior positions with SunPower. He completed the international regional lineup that includes Mr. Filippo Comelli, Head of the APAC region and Mr. Massimiliano Vernaleone who leads the EMEA region.

Niel Hendriksz

Group Financial Controller

Deidre Vermeulen

Operations Financial Manager

Ana Garcia Barrera

Business Development Manager

Jermaine Isaacs

Contracts Administrator

Tumul Dwivedi

VP - New Business and Finance

Abner Wagenaar

Local Economic Development Manger

Nasreen Daniels

Economic Development Account Manager

Nazeer Haroon

Quality Surveyor

Thabiso Mosia

CLO and HR/IR Compliance Coordinator

Nivash Daya

In-House Legal

Estian Jacques Du Toit

Business Analyst

Taryn Lee Vos

In-House Legal

Carel Oosthuizen

Project Manager

Jacobus Treurnich

Land Acquisitions Manager

Theonique Douw

Economic Development Officer

Jacques Van Rensburg

Senior Manager Finance

Razeen Levy

Business Analyst

Waheeda Mentor

Office Manager

Miranda Makuala

Office Assistant

Farhad Md Asaduzzaman

Senior Land Procurement Manager

Marie Kammies

Office Assistant

Parisa Refahizadeh

Land Acquisition Manager

Marwaan Jacobs

Senior Bookkeeper

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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We are a dynamic young company, with a world-class team, dedicated to lead the amazing opportunity that is Solar energy. We identify solar development locations, get all the required permitting and approvals, enter into Power Purchase Agreements, then build, own and operate these solar installations.

We are always on the look out for talented, focused and driven people.  Please see below for our current vacancies.



Chief Financial Officer

POSITION OVERVIEW: Lead, direct and assume responsibility for the development and execution of sound financial management strategies, policies, procedures and work practices. Ensure the financial implications of business decisions are considered, and their impact correctly recorded and reflected for both financial management and statutory purposes. Guide, advise and support Business Development in terms of financial … Continue reading “Chief Financial Officer”

Senior Project Manager – Solar PV Projects

POSITION OVERVIEW: PEG is currently seeking an experienced Project Manager for our utility scale solar PV project team.  The Senior Project Manager will be responsible for the planning, management, co-ordination, and financial control of the development of the Solar PV plant.  A combination of business and technical skills is essential.     MAJOR DUTIES The … Continue reading “Senior Project Manager – Solar PV Projects”

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