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.

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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.

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 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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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.

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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.


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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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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.


Deidre Vermeulen
Operations Financial Manager

Bradley Rabbitte
Project Engineer

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Ana Garcia Barrera
Business Development 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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Jacques van Rensburg
Senior Manager Finance

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Abner Wagenaar
Local Economic Development 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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Leigh Ann Cullen
Financial Assistant

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Estian Jacques du Toit
Business Analyst

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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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Razeen Levy
Business Analyst

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Conrad Calitz
Senior Project Engineer

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Theonique Douw
Economic Development Officer

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Waheeda Mentor
Office Manager

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Miranda Makuala
Office assistant

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Parisa Refahizadeh
Land Acquisition Manager

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Farhad Md Asaduzzaman
Senior Land Procurement Manager

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Marie Kammies
Office Assistant