We specialise in the development of solar photovoltaic plants, by sourcing land, managing the permitting process and overseeing the plants construction until it is operational. We provide a complete end to end service.

About us

Island Green Power is a leading international developer of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Plants, with a focus on large scale “Utility Size” solar plants.

We have over 25 years’ experience in the energy industry, 10 of those specifically in the Solar PV sector. From finding land and assessing viability; to seeking planning permission and grid connection permits; to bringing a site to a notice to proceed stage – our highly experienced management team has completed over 900MW of projects around the world. These are now owned by some of the largest solar investors in the world.

Why we do it

Our mission is to help every country increase their solar energy usage, making more renewable energy possible and saving thousands of tonnes of CO2 in the process. To achieve this, we are working on projects around the world, including Australia, Ireland, Italy, Spain and UK. We have a core in house team based in London. The core team is complemented by our established network of professional advisors and local partners in the various markets in which we operate.

Renewable and responsible

We are also committed to responsible land use and believe that the development and commercial delivery of large-scale solar farms can be achieved in harmony with their surroundings. So, we will always seek to use brownfield sites or farmland that does not negatively impact on urban areas or the natural environment.

For more information or to speak to a member of our team, please contact our head office in London.

Meet The Team

Ian Lawrie

Chief Executive, Director

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Ian Lawrie

Chief Executive, Director

Ian has an established career in renewable energy and finance.

Since Ian co-founded Island Green Power in 2013 he has lead the company to become one of the world’s largest and most successful Solar Developers with 900MW of plants developed. Under his leadership, Island Green Power has grown from being a UK focused developer to a developer with operations in 5 markets who are well positioned to lead the energy revolution.

Prior to founding Island Green Power, Ian co-founded Scientia Solar which completed the development of 12 projects in Italy under the feed in tariff regime.

Before becoming involved in the renewable energy industry, Ian founded Liberty Asset Management in 1996, which grew to become one of Ireland’s largest independent financial services companies with assets under management of €300m. In 2002, Liberty was acquired by Eureko, a major European Insurance Conglomerate.

Ian is also an avid golfer with aspirations. He has competed in the prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championship Pro-Am several times.

Colm Killeen

Executive Director

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Colm Killeen

Executive Director

Colm has an established career in renewable energy.

Since Colm co-founded Island Green Power in 2013 the company has grown to become one of the world’s largest and most successful Solar Developers with 900MW of plants developed. In time, the company has realised many market firsts such as some of the first grid parity projects in the UK and the first non-grant funded Utility Scale project in Australia.

Colm is widely respected in the industry and has a wealth of connections. He is a firm believer that the world is going through a once in a lifetime energy transformation where clean renewable energy is more affordable than conventional fossil fuels and an energy revolution is happening.

Prior to founding Island Green Power Colm co-founded Scientia Solar which completed the development of 12 projects in Italy under the feed in tariff regime.

Before Colm’s involvement in the renewable energy industry he owned a real estate development company which completed several developments in Eastern Europe in partnership with institutional investors.

Colm is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and a qualified private pilot.

Chandni Ruparelia

Head of Legal

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Chandni Ruparelia

Head of Legal

Chandni joined Island Green Power in 2020, and acted for Island Green Power for a number of years prior to this.

She is responsible for managing the company’s legal affairs and helping to manage Island Green Power’s utility-scale solar PV and battery storage projects, both within and outside the UK. She is excited to be working with the company to deliver reduced CO2 emissions and to add value to electricity consumers through the company’s capital financing, design efficiency and streamlined project development and construction execution.

Prior to joining Island Green Power, Chandni worked at a large UK law firm, Shakespeare Martineau LLP, acting for domestic and international developers on their energy projects. Her practice encompassed advising on: land and property matters, regulation on GB specific matters and a wide range of contracts, particularly in the clean and alternative energy space.

Chandni also acted for other stakeholders in the energy sector, including National Grid ESO in relation to its electricity balancing services contracts, National Grid Grain LNG, electricity suppliers and other market players in relation to their regulatory and contractual matters.

Chandni grew up on the sunny and sandy shoreline of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, and is working on her powers of persuasion to get Island Green Power to the continent of Africa. She is a fitness enthusiast and an avid traveller.

Maurice Flynn

Head of Finance

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Maurice Flynn

Head of Finance

Maurice has over thirty years’ experience working as Finance Controller/Director for a number of SME’s in the United Kingdom, mostly in the Distribution and Service industries.

He specialises in the establishment of “in-house” accounting systems, along with team management and development.

A Certified Public Accountant, Maurice has also played a leading role in the Merger and Acquisition of several companies, including the recent sale of an Aerospace parts distributor, where he had been group Finance Director.

Maurice is a keen sports fan and can regularly be found on match days at Stamford bridge supporting his beloved Chelsea.

Ewa Persson

Finance & Administration

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Ewa Persson

Finance & Administration

Ewa joined Island Green Power in 2016 and is responsible for finance, administration and Human Resources.

Prior to joining Island Green Power Ewa has held several key roles in various growth companies and brings experience from many different industries to the team. These include;

  • The Swedish Language School EF, Ewa was responsible for managing Swedish students’ year-long exchange program in USA.
  • At Rights Agency Limited, a company managing artists’ royalty payments, Ewa was the General Manager liaising with worldwide, state-owned rights agents as well as the world’s most well-known artists.
  • Other industries where Ewa has worked include recruitment, consumer electronics and hospitality.

Ewa was born in Sweden and is an expert skier and dedicated environmentalist.

 

 

Cathy Hanrahan

Finance & Administration

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Cathy Hanrahan

Finance & Administration

Cathy joined Island Green Power in December 2020 and is a member of the Finance and Administration team.

Prior to joining Island Green Power, Cathy spent sixteen years working in the finance department for a large American company specialising in the collectibles market.

A Management Accountant, Cathy brings with her the experience of having worked with several types of accounting systems and will make a major contribution to the design and development of the company’s new in-house accounting system. She also brings with her years of team leadership experience from her previous roles.

Cathy enjoys going to the theatre, watching sports and has a great love of animals.

Alessio Aru

Head of Design

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Alessio Aru

Head of Design

Alessio joined Island Green Power in 2014.

Alessio is responsible for the design of our Solar PV Plants. His responsibilities range from System Design, Yield Assessments to project management of EPC tendering and contractors. He has a technical approach to problem solving and is a real team player.

Prior to joining Island Green Power Alessio worked in a similar role for another UK Developer. Before this he was a building surveyor in the construction industry in Italy.

Alessio hails from the beautiful island of Sardinia and sees himself as a brand ambassador for all things Italian – food, fashion, history and culture.

 

 

Mathias Nicola

Project Designer

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Mathias Nicola

Project Designer

Mathias joined Island Green Power in 2021. He is responsible for supporting the development and design of Utility-scale PV Plants and perform energy yield assessments.

Born in Uruguay, Mathias started his journey in Renewables in 2012. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering with a focus on Energy and Sustainability. After graduating he joined a well established solar company in Surrey working as a Solar PV design engineer. Here he developed his skills in designing grid-tied systems with battery storage as well as preparing quotations and grid connection applications.

Prior to this Mathias worked as an administrator in the shipping industry at the Port of Montevideo where he worked in the logistics department.

In his spare time, Mathias plays music in a band and enjoys going to the community garden to grow organic vegetables in tune with nature.

Joss Ryall

Development Manager

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Joss Ryall

Development Manager

Joss joined Island Green Power in 2020 and is responsible for the development of the company’s Solar PV projects in the UK.

Prior to joining Island Green Power, Joss worked as an Investment Manager at the Ingenious Group, focusing on the project financing and development funding of renewable energy projects in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

Joss’ role included leading the acquisition of both operating solar PV assets along with early stage development pipelines, drawing on his competencies in financial modelling and transaction management. He is also experienced in the financing and management of anaerobic digestion and wind assets.

Before joining the renewable energy industry, Joss started his career in forestry investment after completing his Masters Degree in Chemistry at the University of Oxford.

Joss is a very keen traveller and surfer who enjoys playing rugby for his local club, Belsize Park RFC, in his spare time.

Dave Elvin

Head of Projects UK & Ireland

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Dave Elvin

Head of Projects UK & Ireland

Dave has worked with Island Green Power since 2013 and is responsible for the project management of the company’s solar projects in UK and Ireland.

Prior to joining Island Green Power, Dave spent 15 years working in senior management roles in the engineering and automotive industries in the UK and Europe, making extensive use of his degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA.

This has involved leading complex component engineering, supply chain procurement, continuous improvement exercises and quality management for General Motors and component manufacturers. As General Manager at Holden he was responsible for strategy and operations of their start-up Mobility business, delivering bespoke vehicle engineering solutions to clients.

Dave has retained a hands on approach to engineering and continues to work on classic cars in his spare time, as well as being Chairman of a grassroots football club.

Tom Hilton

Project Development Manager UK

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Tom Hilton

Project Development Manager UK

Tom Hilton joined Island Green Power in 2021 as a Project Development Manager based in their Norwich office.

Tom has over 12 years’ experience working on renewable energy projects at domestic and utility scale, including solar farms, biomass plants and wind farms. Tom has worked on all stages of energy project development, from initial site identification and securing grid connections through to the sale of shovel ready projects.

Tom studied Environmental Sciences at Plymouth University and enjoys outdoor activities such as sailing and surfing. Tom is also a trained PADI DiveMaster and enjoys scuba diving in the UK and whilst travelling abroad.

Eve Browning

Project Development Manager UK

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Eve Browning

Project Development Manager UK

Eve Browning joined Island Green Power in 2021 as a Project Development Manager based in their Norwich office. Eve has over ten years’ experience in renewable energy development and project management roles.

Eve was previously Head of Development at Temporis Wind, an onshore wind developer-owner-operator responsible for the creation of the UK’s largest portfolio of Feed-in Tariff wind projects. Since then, Eve has gained experience in the development of utility scale solar developments and battery energy storage systems, as well as undertaking the DCO requirements discharge for an offshore wind farm in a consultancy role.

Eve has a master’s degree in Physics from the University of Oxford. In her spare time she enjoys exploring East Anglia and further afield with her energetic young family.

Lesley Giles

Project Manager UK

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Lesley Giles

Project Manager UK

Lesley joined Island Green Power in 2021 to project manage UK sites through the development process.

Solar energy has been a passion for Lesley since completing her thesis on dye-sensitised solar cells during her Master’s degree in Chemistry. She started her career as a Project Manager of residential solar installations and has since worked on the development and construction of commercial solar farms.

Lesley is also a keen volunteer for her local community energy group who manage the funding, construction and operation of solar installations to benefit the community. She provides technical support, event planning and has even been known to sing (badly) to promote the cause.

Lesley has farming roots, and loves to get out of the city and back to the countryside when she can. In London, she’s a regular on the netball court and the yoga mat.

Sam Aitchison

Assistant Project Manager UK

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Sam Aitchison

Assistant Project Manager UK

Sam joined Island Green Power in December 2020 and is responsible for assisting the UK team deliver on its projects.

This is Sam’s first full time role after graduating from Swansea University with a First Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at Swansea he gained a strong interest in renewables eventually completing his final year project on carbon capture.

Sam loves the outdoors, enjoying skiing and playing rugby. He has also completed the GR5 and GR20.

Jose Manuel Soria

Chairman Island Green Power Spain

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Jose Manuel Soria

Chairman Island Green Power Spain

Jose joined Island Green Power in 2021 as Chairman for Island Green Power Spain SL.

Jose was Minister of Industry, Energy and Tourism of the Spanish Government (December 2011-April 2016). Prior to this he was the Deputy Prime Minister of the Regional Government of the Canary Islands (June 2007-October 2010). Jose was also President of the Government (Cabildo) of Gran Canaria (June 2003-June 2007) and Major of the city of Las Palmas (June 1995-June 2003).

Jose founded Sorben Partners SL in February 2017 and is currently the CEO. Jose is also a Board member at Domingo Alonso Group, Servatur Hotels and Resorts. He is a Senior Advisor to Alantra Investment Bank, Grant Thornton Spain, Sotec Consulting, as well as other companies related to telcos, industry, corporate finance, strategic consultancy, energy and infrastructure.

Jose is a senior economist and member – civil servant since 1984 – of the High State Corps of Economists and Commercial Counsellors in Spain. He holds a Degree in Economics, Universidad Autónoma, Madrid and a Degree in Law, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija, Madrid.

Javier Salamanca

Country Manager Spain

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Javier Salamanca

Country Manager Spain

Javier joined Island Green Power in 2019 and is responsible for the company’s Solar PV Plants portfolio under development in Spain.

Javier is committed to PV projects’ Location Securement, Interconnection Process, Preliminary Designs, Environmental and Administrative Authorizations, to secure the Spanish projects portfolio up to Ready to Build status.

Javier’s previous experience in Development and EPC in Japan, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain, is supported by his strong technical background and different environments’ know-how.

Before joining the renewable energy industry in 2010, Javier worked as a Civil Engineer in Spain, being involved in different construction projects of roads, water supply networks and metro railways.

Javier was born in Lérida but moved to Barcelona where he has lived for more than 10 years. Two of his remarkable passions are winter sports and motorcycling.

Luis Renedo

Development Manager Spain

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Luis Renedo

Development Manager Spain

Luis joined Island Green Power in 2020 and is responsible for the development of the company’s Solar PV Plant portfolio in Spain.

Luis is focusing on obtaining all the required authorisations, permits and licenses to bring the sites up to a Ready to Build and Commercial Operation Date status, as quickly as possible.

Luis became involved in the renewable energy industry in 2008 when he graduated with a degree in Law and Business. He has been working as the in house lawyer for several financial entities playing a leading role in the funding of Solar PV Projects.

Luis is widely experienced in the development of PV projects. He has been involved in every stage up to Ready to Build status with 1,000 MW of plants developed, mainly in the Spanish and Latin American markets.

Luis lives in Madrid where he was born and raised. He is a formal member of the Spanish Bar Association and his biggest passions are tennis and gastronomy.

Carlota Contreras

Project Development Manager Spain

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Carlota Contreras

Project Development Manager Spain

Carlota joined Island Green Power in 2021 to project manage Spanish sites through the development process.

Carlota started her journey in 2013 joining the agronomic engineering university at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. In 2018 Carlota started her professional career at Vector Renewables and has since been working in the renewable energy sector. Carlota’s experience in this field is mostly related to consultancy services of projects under development as well as operational stages in Spain, Italy and Mexico. Carlota has also been involved in two different owner’s engineering supports for PV projects in Mexico, reaching over 400MWp.

Carlota is a passionate person, willing to find her purpose and to help others in any way. Carlota loves all sorts of hand crafting but especially sewing her own clothes. Carlota enjoys spending time outside with family and friends.

Vicente Benitez Bachiller

Management Accountant Spain

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Vicente Benitez Bachiller

Management Accountant Spain

Vicente joined Island Green Power in 2021 and is responsible for the management accounts for all the Island Green Power companies in Spain.

Vicente is strongly dedicated to the Renewable Energy sector and has previously worked in Quintas Energy, focusing on Financial Asset Management services after commissioning to big players in the UK renewable energy industry.

Vicente was born in Sevilla but he strongly supports Real Betis football team. Vicente is a vary keen traveller who enjoys sports like surfing, paddle and golf. His dream is to to become a single digit handicap player.

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