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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
HEAD OF APAC
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.
HEAD OF EMEA
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.
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.
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.
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.
HEAD OF LATAM
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.
Business Development Manager
Head of Costing and Purchasing
VP – NEW BUSINESS AND FINANCE
Senior Financial Manager
Local Economic Development Manager
Economic development account manager
CLO and HR/IR Compliance Coordinator
Land Acquisitions Manager
Senior Project Engineer
Economic Development Officer
Senior Manager Finance
Senior Land Procurement Manager
Business Development Analyst
Land Acquisition Manager