JBM Solar is a solar developer with an established track record of successful project delivery in the UK and Ireland. The company develops large-scale, grid-connected solar farms. To date, the development team has achieved planning permission for more than 450MW of solar projects across both countries. In 2019, the company sold a 326MW portfolio of solar projects to Statkraft in order to focus exclusively on the UK post-subsidy solar market. JBM is now developing a pipeline of subsidy-free projects in excess of 2GW in the UK.
JBM Solar is jointly owned by Susgen and its two founding partners – Brendan O’Brien and David Cramer. Susgen is the majority shareholder. Susgen is an owner, capital provider and partner to renewable energy development companies in the UK, US and Europe. Over the last eight years, Susgen has successfully developed and partnered with project developers to deliver 33 “utility scale” solar projects totaling almost 1,000 MW. For more information on Susgen [click here]
With its own dedicated development team led by Brendan O’Brien and David Cramer, JBM has recruited a highly experienced team that includes development managers, grid and PV design experts, land managers and GIS software experts.
BRENDAN O’BRIEN – DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER
Brendan has a mechanical engineering background and worked for 6 years in the automotive industry in the USA, Brazil and Mexico prior to completing an MBA at IE Business School, Madrid and making a switch into renewable energy. In 2009 he joined SES to develop projects for the SunCatcher CSP technology in Iberia, Cyprus and North Africa. In late 2010 Brendan switched focus to photovoltaic technology and spent a year with Lightsource-RE where he was involved in the construction and acquisition of 35 MWp of solar PV assets. He also led the development and build-out of what was then the largest rooftop solar PV project in the UK at 1.65MW installed capacity. In 2012 Brendan left Lightsource to found JBM.
DAVID CRAMER – DIRECTOR AND FOUNDING PARTNER
David Cramer graduated from University College Dublin in 2000 with a degree in International Commerce and German. He spent 11 years working in investment banking in the City of London, during which time he also qualified as a Chartered Financial Analyst with the CFA Institute. For the first nine years of his career, David worked at Morgan Stanley before moving to Berenberg Bank for two years. David joined JBM as a founding partner in late 2012 and since then has worked alongside Brendan to develop and grow the business.
GREG TRIANTAFYLLIDIS – TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Greg has an Electrical Engineering background and has worked in the energy and communications sector for over a decade, bringing the UK, Europe, and Africa closer to carbon neutrality panel by panel. Having worked for Solarcentury and SSEN, in 2019 he joined JBM where he heads the technical department overseeing the engineering, grid and design aspects for JBM’s solar and battery portfolio. When he is not chasing the sun, Greg likes to dabble in basketball and binge-watching sci-fi shows.
MANUEL MECO GOMEZ – GRID ENGINEER
Manuel graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor’s in Energy Engineering oriented to the renewable energy sector. He joined JBM in 2019 and is an integral part of the technical team, working closely with the different DNOs regarding multiple grid aspects. Furthermore, he oversees the design and yield optimisation aspects on our solar farms. Manuel is passionate about low carbon energy projects and likes to keep updated on new trends that could improve the development of new solar farms.
LAURA TYRRELL – SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Laura is an Electrical Engineer who graduated from the University of Victoria in Canada and has over a decade of sustainable energy development experience, having developed renewable energy projects across Canada and Australia before moving to the UK. Laura joined JBM Solar in 2019 and is currently one of the Senior Development Managers for JBM’s solar portfolio delivering new solar developments across the UK.
CONOR MCALLISTER – SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Conor has over a decade of experience in renewable energy development and is a Chartered Town Planner, having received an MSc in Environmental Planning from Queen’s University Belfast. His experience includes raising investment and developing projects across the solar, battery and wind industries in the U.K. and Ireland. He previously owned and operated his own planning consultancy. Conor currently works on delivering JBM’s portfolio of large-scale solar and battery projects in the U.K.. He has recently overseen the successful development of more than 1GW of renewable energy projects, including being a co-originator on one of Ireland’s largest solar farms (Clonfad Solar Farm – 130MW).
MIKOLAJ CZOPIK – GRID ENGINEER
Mikolaj started his journey with renewable energy sources at the University of Science and Technology in Cracow, Poland where he was a student and then an employee of a research centre mainly focused on heat pump prototype production. In 2018 he moved to Edinburgh and after finishing his MSc in Renewable Energy at Edinburgh Napier University he decided to fully dedicate himself to technologies related to solar, storage, and electric vehicles. At JBM Mikolaj is responsible for finding new grid opportunities and designing and optimising solar farm layouts. Outside of work, Mikolaj is a keen MTB cyclist (and a former enduro and downhill racer), a huge WRC/rally enthusiast and a proud owner of an adopted ex-racing greyhound.
BEN FOSTER – GIS SPECIALIST
Ben is an experienced Planner and Geographic Information Systems Specialist with a BSc in Geography and Natural Hazards from Coventry University. He started his career as a Planner and GIS Analyst, dedicating the last four years to developing large scale solar farms throughout the UK & Ireland. Ben joined JBM Solar as the GIS Specialist where he is responsible for identifying and assessing prospective solar farms.
ADAM WITHERS – SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Adam graduated from the University of the West of England in 2012 with a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering followed by a Masters in Environmental Consultancy. Since then he has committed himself to the solar PV sector, managing numerous rooftop and ground-mounted projects from first inception through to construction across the UK & Ireland. Adam joined JBM in 2019 to assist in the development of the company’s next generation of post-subsidy solar farms.
ROBIN JOHNSON – PROJECT MANAGER
After working in the field of wildlife conservation with the WWF, SAS and EIA, Robin completed a degree in Environmental Sciences at Plymouth University, finishing on the Dean’s List with first class honours. Robin has always had a passion for renewables. Before joining JBM, he spent 3 years leading Clean Earth Energy’s planning and environmental team, charged with developing wind and solar farms throughout the UK. He is an accredited practitioner of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment, and the Institute of Environmental Science. JBM’s ethos resonates with Robin, emphasising local stakeholder engagement to develop projects that not only help local communities, but also the world in the race against Climate Change.
JOE ANDERSON – LAND MANAGER
As Land Manager, Joe works closely with JBM’s retained land agents to identify and secure new land opportunities for solar projects across the country. Joe has a wealth of experience acquiring land, having previously worked for a leading residential developer. Prior to this, Joe worked for a rural property consultancy, managing farms and rural estates for a wide array of clients ranging from private individuals to trusts and institutional landowners. Alongside this, Joe was part of the renewables team and was involved in the development of a range of low-carbon energy projects. Joe is passionate about making the most of our natural resources to create a positive social and environmental impact.
ADAM SWARBRICK – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
Adam comes from an investment background and is a chartered accountant. He has worked in investment and asset management teams across solar and storage technologies in the UK, US, and Ireland for the last 8 years. In 2019, while working for Susgen, JBM’s financial and strategic partner, he managed the sale of JBM’s 330MW Irish solar business to Statkraft. In his role as Business Development Manager, he delivers route to market solutions and project optimisation opportunities as well as managing the sale of our completed developments. Apart from his passion for harnessing the opportunities for achieving ‘Net Zero’, he enjoys all sports and brewing his own beer.
ANNA HEGARTY – FINANCE PARTNER
Anna is a Chartered Accountant with a degree from Newcastle University in Accounting and Finance. With a background in investment, Anna currently works for our investor Susgen as Financial Controller. As Financial Controller at Susgen, Anna manages a team that provides an end-to-end finance function for JBM. This includes accurate daily recordings of all financial transactions, providing monthly reporting packs, preparing and filing statutory accounts, assisting with the group audit and, any other regulatory requirements. Anna works closely with the JBM management team to deliver the finance and reporting function and assist with business budgeting and forecasting.
JULIA KVARNEFALT – HR PARTNER
Julia has a background in operations, having worked for PwC and The Lanesborough London. As Operations Manager for our investor Susgen, Julia provides HR and support services to JBM. This includes coordinating facilities, office administration, and other support functions, such as company secretarial. Julia also assists the JBM management team to oversee payroll, general HR, and company policies and guidelines.
MATT ARMSTRONG – LAND MANAGER
Matt is an experienced Land specialist with proven ability managing large complex development schemes, with in excess of 15 years of experience in the residential development sector. Prior to joining JBM, Matt has worked in Strategic Land promotion for a large PLC developer and niche housebuilders, working with large-scale landowners to ensure they are able to generate the best return from their land. Matt is passionate about the environment and making the most of the resources available to help local communities and affect long-term climate change.
MICHAEL BAKER – DCO PROJECT MANAGER
Michael Baker is a Chartered Town Planner who specialises in Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. He has held roles at the Infrastructure Planning Commission and Planning Inspectorate, as well as Tidal Lagoon Power and Arup, working on notable projects such as Tidal Lagoon Swansea Bay, the A303 Stonehenge, and East-West Rail. Michael joined JBM in November 2021 as a DCO Project Manager and works with landowners, key stakeholders, and the local community to gain consent for nationally significant solar projects. Michael enjoys history and architecture, as well as exploring the UK as part of his work.
JEFF DUMMETT – PROJECT MANAGER
Jeff brings multi-sector development experience and holds an MA in Planning, LLB: Law while working towards MRICS accreditation. Before joining JBM, Jeff started as a council planner aiming to one day develop renewable energy. In 2013, he joined a solar developer helping develop and manage the sale of ground-mounted projects before expanding his skill set by working in private equity real estate acquisitions and then land & planning for a housing association. When not running around after his 4-year-old daughter and 9-month-old twin girls, you can find Jeff on the hockey pitch, a surfboard, bass guitar, or attempting triathlons.
HATTIE WADE – DESIGN ENGINEER
Hattie has a background in Mechanical and Materials Engineering and initially began her career in the oil and gas industry, where she worked for almost four years. In 2017, she made the jump to solar and began designing rooftop, carport, and ground-mount solar systems across the UK. Past projects include the design and construction of over 10MW rooftop solar for Amazon and over 1MW for Tesco. Hattie joined JBM as a design engineer and is responsible for design optimisation and identifying grid opportunities. Hattie is passionate about rescuing animals and, in her spare time, she is trying to turn her home into a smallholding to house them all.
JUAN TOLOSA – INVESTMENT ANALYST
Juan graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s in Economics in 2016 and a Master’s in Finance in 2019. Before joining JBM, he worked in the Corporate Finance Division at Standard Chartered Bank in London for two years on a wide variety of large-cap leveraged buyouts, refinancing, and corporate advisory transactions across several industries. At JBM, Juan is responsible for evaluating new development opportunities and managing sale transactions. In his spare time, Juan enjoys swimming and spending time back home in his native Spain.
EMMETT HURLEY – GIS SPECIALIST
Emmett is an experienced geospatial professional with a BSc in Geology and Environmental Management from Otago University, New Zealand. He has worked on major infrastructure and energy projects in the UK and internationally. At JBM Emmett works as a GIS Specialist helping to identify and assess prospective solar farms and develop internal systems. Alongside his passion for renewables and the environment, Emmett is an avid sports fan and tries to spend as much time near the ocean as possible.
ISABEL RODGERS – MARKETING PARTNER
Isabel graduated from the University of Surrey with an MSc in International Marketing in 2020. Before that, she obtained an undergraduate degree from the University of Leicester. Isabel works for our investor Susgen, providing marketing, communication, and PR services to JBM. Alongside providing insight and expertise, she manages press releases, assists with content creation, and advises on social media and marketing activities.
MIKE GRESLOW – DCO PROJECT MANAGER
Mike is a Chartered Town Planner with over 15 years experience delivering consents for infrastructure projects across the UK. Since 2015, he has specialised in the delivery of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs) including Moorside Nuclear Power Station, Gatwick Airport, London Luton Airport, and HyNet CO2 Pipeline. He has worked as both a consultant and developer responsible for delivering consenting strategies and programmes, collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to secure positive project outcomes. Mike joined JBM as a DCO Project Manager to support the delivery of our NSIP solar sites.
JUSTIN REID – SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER
Justin is an experienced Chartered Town Planner with over 20 years of experience working in a variety of private sector consultancy and client-side roles. His experience includes ten years working for a wind farm developer where he was responsible for designing, project-managing, and consenting numerous large-scale wind farms across the UK, including several Section 36 schemes in Scotland. As a planning and environmental consultant, he has worked in a variety of development sectors as well as other energy-related development, including offshore wind, battery storage, gas peaking plants, and one of the first energy from waste anaerobic digestion schemes in the UK.