Founded in 2015, ESCO Pacific has become one of Australia’s leading developers of utility scale solar farms. Having achieved financial close on the 148MW Ross River Solar Farm in April 2017, the business is now focused on delivering the next phase of projects to market while further expanding our deep pipeline of Australian projects.
ESCO Pacific comprises of highly experienced infrastructure, development and corporate finance professionals with specific experience in successfully developing, and delivering to market, utility scale renewable energy projects in Australia and internationally.
Darryl has a depth of experience across the energy supply chain in executive, board and advisory roles, throughout Australia, New Zealand and Europe with a strong focus on renewable energy, wholesale markets and risk management. Previously, as CEO of Infratil Energy Australia, he was instrumental in developing 280MW of peaking generation plant and ensuring the sustainable growth of its energy retailer, Lumo Energy. He has held board, and board advisory, roles in generation development and energy retailing businesses as well as industry associations.
Steve is an experienced developer of utility scale solar projects having developed to financial close 7 ground mounted utility scale projects in the United Kingdom. Steve has a strong investment banking background and being further educated in low carbon economics and renewable energy systems, is well placed to lead the ESCO Pacific Team in delivering to market high quality utility scale solar developments.
Catriona is an investment professional with experience working on European, Southeast Asian and Australian renewable energy transactions. She has brought more than 30 utility-scale solar and wind projects to financial close as lead equity representative, and has worked on due diligence, contract negotiations, procurement, and economic evaluation for dozens of additional utility-scale renewable energy projects. She is a CFA charterholder and holds a masters’ degree from the London School of Economics.
Cassidy specialises in the project financing of large scale infrastructure and energy projects. She has over 10 years’ experience in bringing projects to financial close across Australia and Asia, including negotiating equity, finance, EPC, O&M, asset management, connection agreements, PPAs and land tenure arrangements. Cassidy has a lead role in the financing and development of ESCO’s pipeline of projects and new business opportunities. Prior to joining ESCO Pacific, Cassidy held senior positions within the CIMIC Group’s project finance arm – Pacific Partnerships, and in the Projects team at Herbert Smith Freehills. She holds a bachelor of Arts/Law (1st class Honours) from Melbourne University Law school and has been a Fellow of AsiaLink Leaders and the Sustainability Leadership Centre.
Ravi has strong technical background and deep industry knowledge covering wide range of energy management technologies. Prior to ESCO Pacific, Ravi spent 21 years with Schneider Electric, holding senior positions and played a pivotal role in developing Schneider’s Business in Solar Power Plants, Large Energy Storage, Energy Management Solutions, Transmission & Distribution and other Emerging Technologies like EV etc. Ravi earned Executive MBA degree from Australian Graduate School of Management (AGSM) and holds a Bachelor of Engineering and Master of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT).
Allison is an experienced Renewable Energy Project Manager with a deep understanding of planning legislation and the full development lifecycle. Allison has a proven track record in contract management, development approvals, landowner lease negotiations and working with stakeholder groups. With a broad technical knowledge, Allison’s experience also includes due diligence studies, design optimisation, ARENA applications, solar flagships and the ACT reverse solar auction and she is recognised for identifying issues early and working quickly to resolve them whilst maintaining project viability on schedule and within budget.
Jonathan has worked in the Australian large-scale renewable energy industry for over 14 years in a variety of senior roles. At Infigen Energy, Jonathan initiated and progressed wind farm development projects, worked in Government and Regulatory Affairs as well as in Energy Markets proposing long term offtake solutions for potential customers. Before the renewable energy industry, Jonathan worked at Hewlett-Packard in an Asia Pacific business development and in the gas turbine industry for General Electric and United Technologies. Jonathan graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University in North Carolina, USA.
Rimma is an experienced financial analyst of power generation development projects with direct and highly relevant renewable energy experience in both Australia and North America. She brings to the business significant knowledge of the Australian energy markets in particular forecasting electricity demand and supply in the National Electricity Market. Rimma studied Econometrics and Finance at Monash University and has postgraduate qualifications from the University of Melbourne in Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Environmental Policy.
Ray is a Chartered Professional Engineer and Project Manager with over 20 years’ experience in the professional services and energy utility sectors, specialising in managing and undertaking multi-disciplinary feasibility study, technical due diligence, and engineering design and construction for renewable energy and infrastructure projects in Australia and Asia Pacific. Project experience includes commercial and utility-scale solar power plants, wind farms, gas and water pipelines, and power distribution and transmission lines.
Patrick is a power systems engineer with extensive experience in the Australian power industry. He has worked on projects relating to power system modelling, renewable power integration, generator connections, control system tuning, R2 testing and model validation. Before coming to ESCO, Patrick was a senior consulting engineer in the power systems analysis team at GHD Hill Michael in Sydney and Melbourne, and has previously worked for AEMO as a graduate engineer.
Rhiannon is a planning and early stage pipeline development specialist with significant experience developing renewable energy projects across Australia and South East Asia. Rhiannon has worked with a range of Australian and international stakeholders on all aspects of the renewable development lifecycle. Her areas of expertise include site finding and feasibility studies, environmental assessment, stakeholder and community liaison and planning and consenting of projects. Rhiannon holds tertiary qualifications in environmental science and project management.
Tristan is a Development Manager with a broad range of experience in large scale renewable energy projects including solar, wind and landfill gas. Drawing on both rural and commercial backgrounds he has secured key infrastructure locations across multiple sites through development, negotiation & management of land contracts whilst building strong relationships with landowners and the community. Tristan holds a Bachelor of Finance from La Trobe University and has worked in a range of renewable energy businesses spanning the development life cycle.
Cédric is an Environmental Consultant with significant experience in developing solar projects across France and Australia. He has a proven track record in management and preparation of environmental regulatory reports necessary to obtain planning permissions, and in environmental management. His experience also includes site identification, constraints and opportunities assessment in Australia, in Europe and in other parts of the world. Cédric holds a Master in Environment and Risks from the University of Montpellier, France.
Piers is a qualified renewable energy and electrical power engineer, registered building practitioner, an experienced project manager and also holds a BaSc. in sustainable energy management. Over the course of over 15 years working within the construction industry, Piers has acquired a wealth of industry knowledge applicable to the construction of utility-scale solar projects. Project experience includes working on the delivery of around 500 kWh of off-grid battery storage projects for Western Australian utilities as well as multimegawatt utility-scale grid connected solar systems.
Nimesh is Professional Electrical Engineer with solid experience of Contract Management, Supplier and Subcontractor Management and Contract Financial Control within Australian Utility Industry. Nimesh has substantial experience working with major Australian EPC contractors and electrical equipment suppliers in various Commercial capacity and has solid track record of successful management of EPC Contracts from client and contractor side.
Charley has experience in client and contractor facing roles, contract management, project management and large scale photovoltaic ground mount installations. Charley has worked with an international utility-scale solar developer and major UK EPC contractor. Charley also holds a Master in Environmental Strategy from the University of Surrey, UK.