David Maguire is Founder and Director of BNRG Renewables, which he set up in 2007 as a renewable energy development company specialising in utility scale solar PV projects.
In a very short period the company has developed and constructed a significant portfolio of projects and has operations in seven countries across three continents. To date, the company has delivered over a significant portfolio of projects and has operations in seven different countries across €170 million worth of operational assets.
An environmental scientist by profession, David has over 20 years' experience in the environmental and renewable energy sectors. He is Chairman of opportunity for Northern Ireland to look beyond wind and to the Irish Solar Energy Association.
Sandie Madden is an Engineering Manager for ESB Networks with almost 15 years’ experience working in the power industry. ESB Networks are the licensed operators of the electricity distribution system in the Republic of Ireland and are responsible for building, operating, maintaining and developing the electricity network and serving all electricity customers across the country. With the introduction of EU renewable energy targets for 2020, ESB Networks stepped up to the challenge of the unprecedented level of connection applications for renewable energy projects by setting up a dedicated team of specialists in its Renewable Planning team. Working in Renewable Planning, Sandie is responsible for processing renewable energy connection applications according to strict rules governed by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) from initial contact by the customer right through to energisation. Sandie graduated from the University of Limerick with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering. Previous roles with ESB Networks have included Network Investment Planning, Strategy, Regulation and Project Management on both CAPEX and Planned Maintenance Programmes and externally as a Design Engineer with manufacturing company Hormann Electronics/APW.
Government & Regulatory Affairs Manager
Claire leads the AES Corporation’s work with stakeholders on regulatory policy and external affairs in the UK and Ireland. She is currently primarily engaged on the acceleration of energy storage in GB and the island of Ireland. Claire initially joined AES’ onshore wind development team, and moved into her current role in 2014. Prior to joining AES, Claire spent eight years working for environmental NGOs in a range of policy and strategy roles.
Head of Development in Ireland
Nick has been with Lightsource Renewable Energy since its inception in 2010, helping the company grow into Europe’s leading solar energy company with an operational portfolio of 1.7GW – enough to power more than 400,000 households. With extensive engineering, project management and development experience; Nick has been directly responsible for the implementation of ground-mount and rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) projects from site feasibility through to financial close and construction.
Building Services Engineer
Liam O’Dwyer has 10 years’ experience in the construction and building services industries having previously worked for engineering consultancies in Ireland & Australia and Mechanical Contractors in Ireland, Australia & America. Liam has extensive experience in building services design and project management, building performance & the built environment, maintenance and compliance, and building & plant modernisation. He also has considerable experience working in existing builds, upgrading existing building services systems to improve performance outcomes. Since joining the Tipperary Energy Agency he has worked in the Building Services/Energy section. His areas of expertise include building services energy efficient design, sustainable energy systems design, tendering & project management, public sector energy management and energy analysis, energy audits, building services condition audits and building regulations Part L compliance. He has completed projects in a broad range of industry sectors and has gained an in-depth knowledge of the regulated industry and associated standards.
Group Corporate Finance Director
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.
Susanne von Aichberger
Susanne von Aichberger has been a market and technology analyst at IHS, formerly Solarbuzz since 2005. She is responsible for primary research and analysis concerning the photovoltaic industry, specializing in markets in Europe. Von Aichberger is responsible for the IHS PV Market Demand Tracker, and contributes to several global IHS reports, including the tracking and analyzing of both downstream projects and market policies. She earned her MSc in Physics from the Technical University of Berlin.
Andrew joined TLT in January 2015 and is a planning & environment partner in the firm's Energy & Renewables team.
Andrew has significant experience in the energy and renewables sector on the planning and regulatory aspects of energy projects, and has advised on the development and funding of numerous solar, wind, anaerobic digestion and other waste to energy projects. He advises clients on a variety of issues including grid connection, power purchase agreements, planning and Environmental Impact Assessment and incentive schemes. Andrew also advises on the environmental and planning aspects of commercial and industrial development including enforcement proceedings, appeals and judicial review proceedings relating to planning and environmental matters.
Having qualified in 2003, Andrew worked in the environment team in CMS Cameron McKenna before moving to Belfast in 2006. Andrew retains his dual qualification in Northern Ireland and England & Wales and is independently recognised as an expert in the field of environmental law by Chambers UK, a guide to the legal profession.
Director and Senior Project Engineer
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 18 years in various commercial and technical roles in utility and consultancy sectors. Rory is also a member of the IWEA council and the IWEA, NIRIG & ISEA Grid Committees.
Brian Keville B.Sc. (Env.)
Brian is the Environmental Director of McCarthy Keville O'Sullivan (MKO), a 30-person, Galway-based planning and environmental consultancy with renewable energy as a main specialism. Brian is an environmental scientist by profession, having graduated from NUI Galway, and has over 15 years' experience in professional consultancy, particularly in large-scale energy infrastructure projects. Having worked on over 1GW of on-shore wind projects and associated transmission infrastructure over the last decade, this extensive renewables experience has been shared across the solar energy projects the company has been bringing through the Irish planning process over the last 18 months.
Presentation to give an overview of the key considerations relating to risk transfer solutions for solar PV projects. Topics covered will include lenders requirements, risk management, underwriting information and claims examples
Brian is an Account Executive in the Willis Towers Watson Cork office, and the leader of the Regional Renewable Energy Team. Brian is also the Irish representative on the Willis Towers Watson Global Renewable Energy Practice which is based in London. Brian has over 20 years’ experience in the industry dealing with Commercial Insurance solutions across a number of sectors. Willis Towers Watson clients include 6 out of the top 8 solar funds in the UK and they have placed insurance solutions for 3GW of solar projects to date representing 70 percent market share. Willis Towers Watson are members of ISEA and IWEA. Brian is a former President of the Insurance Institute of Cork and a member of the National Council of the Insurance Institute of Ireland.
UK Country Manager
With over 10 YRS of experience in Various elements of the Solar Industry in many different arena's, Barrie is a strong believer in the strength of relationships and technology as the key drivers of the market place.
From this Jinko has a keen belief that becoming a closer part of our clients business will allow us to do 2 things 1 Share knowledge and 2 To add value to our clients where few other manufacturers would or could attempt to.
Neo Environmental have conducted work on over 1GW of solar projects across Ireland and the UK, for both the planning application stage and for the discharging of environmental conditions. This includes over 300MW in the Republic of Ireland ranging from 5MW to some of the largest developments of 70MW. The initial considerations for the location and assessment of solar farm can be quite complex and requires comprehensive technical and environmental analysis. In terms of the environmental considerations for planning, there are technical constraints that need to be evaluated, and the criteria for this will be discussed. As a company Neo Environmental undertake all environmental aspects and issues around these will be outlined including landscape and visual assessments, ecology, heritage and archaeology, Glint and glare, hydrology and access. Site design is an essential element in getting a consent for a constructible project and this needs careful consideration.
Paul is one of the owners and directors of Neo Environmental and has a diverse environmental background with heritage, archaeology and environmental science qualifications. Neo environmental have worked on projects for clients including Lightsource, Gaelectric, Lark Energy, Vogt, Low Carbon and Highfield Energy, to name a few. Paul has overseen the environmental and technical work for standalone solar farms, but also for the co-location of solar farms and wind farms in the UK. In his current capacity, Paul has developed a multi-disciplinary team working on a range of development types for clients ranging from developers, planning consultants, engineers, architects, educational institutions and public bodies. Neo environmental have offices in Belfast, Naas (Co. Kildare), Glasgow and Warwickshire. Paul has acted as a licensed archaeological director for the development of solar farms in Northern Ireland, England and Scotland and has led on EIA and standard assessments for solar farms across the UK and Ireland for over 5 years.
Danny will guide you through the key glint and glare planning issues for solar PV in Ireland, sharing the knowledge gained through three years of glint and glare assessment experience. Glint and glare is now a key planning consideration however there is little established guidance, Danny will therefore introduce the Glint and Glare Guidance document, produced by Pager Power, predominately aimed at large scale commercial solar development. The guidance puts forward a recommended methodology for assessing the impact of glint and glare upon road users, dwellings, rail infrastructure and aviation activity.
Danny has over 5 years’ experience as a Technical Analyst at Pager Power, whose key role is to research and write technical reports to support planning applications for energy and large infrastructure projects. Danny has competed technical reports which have removed planning objections and satisfied planning conditions relating to glint and glare, radar and telecommunications communication issues.
Having completed over 160 individual glint and glare assessments in Ireland, the UK and internationally, Danny is in a very good position to disseminate key information regarding glint and glare planning issues. Danny contributed to the 2016 Solar Trade Association’s Summary of Evidence regarding photovoltaic glint and glare and was the lead author of Pager Power’s Glint and Glare Guidance.
Everoze will draw together technical lessons learned from our experience conducting technical due diligence and operational monitoring in the UK and French solar PV markets. This will be applied to the Irish context, drawing on our PV experience in Northern Ireland and the broader Irish wind market. The presentation will highlight key risks to project delivery, aiding a smooth roll out of Irish PV.
Over the last decade Christophe has gained both a broad and deep understanding of the technical and commercial realities of solar PV projects, combined with practical experience of project construction and operation. He is equally at ease advising at a strategic level as he is drilling into the details of on-site technical issues.
Solar PV is not new in Ireland. However, by the end of 2015 there was only 2.6MW of Solar PV approximately in the Republic of Ireland made up almost exclusively from non-grid connected rooftops, both domestic and industrial.
Growth of interest in grid connected utility scale solar only dates back to February 2015. Before then there were no grid applications for solar PV. Since then it has grown to over 500 applications, about 130 planning applicants and several consents. The distribution of the applications is strongly correlated to both solar insolation and grid location.
John Coleman is the founder and CEO of La Tene Maps, Established in 1986 the company produces maps, educational material, infographics and databases on rapidly changing industries in the marine, energy and resource based industries. The company started working on renewable energy in 2000 and has grown to be Europe’s largest publisher of maps on Renewable Energy installations and resource. The company working largely with renewable energy associations has produced maps on most utility scale renewable energy technologies. Whilst SolarPV has always been covered in our country maps it is only over the past seven years that the company has been involved in dedicated SolarPV installation maps. In that time it has published four editions of the British SolarPV Installations and Resource Map and two editions of the Europe Solar PV Installations Map. La Tene Maps also has published maps on Solar Insolation and maintains an extensive database on European SolarPV projects. In 2016 the company published an educational poster/map on SolarPV in Ireland in association with the Irish Solar Energy Association. Currently the company is working on new maps on Irish SolarPV Projects, Major World SolarPV Installations and a new edition of the European Map