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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.

Vision

Our future focus:

 

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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 Innovation and New Ventures






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.

Massimiliano Vernaleone

Head of International Business Development






Mr Vernaleone joined Phelan Energy Group to develop the company’s international business and bring low-cost PV energy into target countries. His adventure in renewable energy began when he became involved in developing a large scale PV project in Italy. After selling the PV project Mr Vernaleone co-funded a London-based RE advisory company that he has been managing for a number of years. He was awarded his Master of International Business at ESCP-Europe.

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.


Ana Garcia Barrera

Business Development Manager

Jermaine Isaacs

Contracts Administrator

Qhelani Khumalo Nzipo

Head of Costing and Purchasing

Tumul Dwivedi

VP - New Business and Finance

Bonolo Padi

Senior Financial Manager

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

Joel Musikingala

Engineer

Estian Jacques Du Toit

Business Analyst

Lilly Le Roux

In-House Legal

Taryn Lee Vos

In-House Legal

Carel Oosthuizen

Project Manager

Jacobus Treurnich

Land Acquisitions Manager

Tracey Lalla

Project Coordinator

Theonique Douw

Economic Development Officer

Jacques Van Rensburg

Senior Manager Finance

Leigh Ann Cullen

Financial Assistant

Razeen Levy

Business Analyst

Waheeda Mentor

Office Manager

Miranda Makuala

Office Assistant

Conrad Calitz

Senior Project Engineer

Farhad Md Asaduzzaman

Senior Land Procurement Manager

Seyed Mohammad Kobari

Business Development Analyst

Marie Kammies

Office Assistant

Parisa Refahizadeh

Land Acquisition Manager

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:


Argentina

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

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.

Algeria

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

Tunisia

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

Saudi Arabia

Phelan Energy Group will partake in the next government tender.

Jordan

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.

Iran

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.

Oman

We are awaiting a tender to be released.

Bangladesh

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

India

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.

Senegal

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

Turkey

Phelan Energy Group will partake in the next tender process.

Morocco

Phelan Energy Group will partake in the next tender process.

Canada

We are watching the progress of market.

USA

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

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

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