About Us

 
 
 

ABOUT PHELAN ENERGY GROUP

Solar Capital is a subsidiary of Phelan Energy Group Ltd, a prominent South African based international investment and development company. Our mission is to be the leader in quality low-cost development, ownership and operation of solar PV farms for the long-term. Based in Cape Town, we have built up a proficiency in these aspects of renewable energy in order to realize our mission. With Southern Africa having some of the highest annual solar radiation levels in the world, Solar Capital has invested in technology and land in Southern Africa with the potential to develop the continent’s most valuable energy source – the sun.

VISION & MISSION

  • To build “People Capital” under a Board of South African Leaders with integrity and proven experience.
  • Strong focus on corporate responsibility and in bringing business and society together in the communities we operate in.
  • Establish Integrity in all aspects of our business through the creation of a climate of respect for the individual and encourage self-respect.

 

  • To aid sustainable development through social, education, environment and job creation.
  • To own the development, production and supply chain processes into the national grids.
  • To encourage trust through high quality service and transparency in all our dealings.


OUR TEAM

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PASCHAL PHELAN
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
Mr Paschal Phelan is the founder and the Chairman of Phelan Energy Group (Pty) Ltd. He is a native of Ireland and has in the past worked in banking, food manufacturing and exporting and investment. Mr Phelan relocated to Cape Town in 2002 where he realized that there was an opportunity within the energy sector to provide solutions to South Africa’s energy and employment challenges. He subsequently created Solar Capital, which in March 2016 launched the largest solar farm in the Southern Hemisphere, Africa and the Middle East region.

FREDERIK THERON
OPERATIONS DIRECTOR
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.

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JANICE FINLAY
HEAD OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
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.

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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.

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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.



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Ana Garcia Barrera
Business Development Manager
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Kate Finlay
Communications Manager
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Jermaine Isaacs
Contracts Administrator
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Qhelani Khumalo Nzipo
Head of Costing and Purchasing
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Tumul Dwivedi
VP – NEW BUSINESS AND FINANCE
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Bonolo Padi
Senior Financial Manager

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Nasreen Daniels
Economic development account manager
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Nazeer Haroon
Quantity Surveyor
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Thabiso Mosia
CLO and HR/IR Compliance Coordinator
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Nivash Daya
In-House Legal
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Joel Musikingala
Engineer
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Estian Jacques du Toit
Business Analyst

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LILLY LE ROUX
IN-HOUSE LEGAL
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TARYN LEE VOS
IN-HOUSE LEGAL
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Carel Oosthuizen
Project Manager
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Jacobus Treurnich
Land Acquisitions Manager
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Tracey Lalla
Project Coordinator
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Abner Wagenaar
Local Economic Development Manager
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Jacques van Rensburg
Senior Manager Finance
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Leigh Ann Cullen
Financial Assistant
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Razeen Levy
Business Analyst
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Waheeda Mentor
Office Manager
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Miranda Makuala
Office assistant
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Conrad Calitz
Senior Project Engineer


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Farhad Md Asaduzzaman
Senior Land Procurement Manager
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Theonique Douw
Economic Development Officer
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Seyed Mohammad Kobari
Business Development Analyst
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Marie Kammies
Office Assistant
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Parisa Refahizadeh
Land Acquisition Manager