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Dr Richard Finlay-Jones, BScAgr DipEd MBA DBA


Richard has been in the renewable energy industry for approximately 10 years and was involved in developing a variety of wind farm projects in Australia. Richard has a bachelor degree in Agricultural Science, an MBA and DBA as well as a Diploma in Education. Richard is the owner of EcoEnviro, a consulting firm specialising in Emission Reduction Strategies, Carbon Sequestration, Land Management Services, Forest Management Services, Biomass/Green Energy Projects and Wind Farm Development. Richard is leading the land acquisition and stakeholder communication for a number of wind farm developers in Australia. Richard has excellent communication skills and a vast experience in landowner discussions, community consultations and relationship management.

Richard's role in Australian Community Energy is to manage all local contacts, the landowners, the relations with Council, with stakeholders, and with permitting authorities

Find out more about Richard's business: www.ecoenviro.com.au

Stephen McCall, BEnvSc


Steve is a senior environmental planner/scientist with substantial experience in Wind Farms, Major Project planning and application preparation and management.  Steve has been the principle Project Planner responsible for managing the entire planning process for small, medium and large renewable energy projects in both Australia and New Zealand, including; consultation with Statutory Authorities, key stakeholders and community; preparation of environmental impact assessments; visual impact assessments and the project management of sub consultants.  Steve has project-managed Part 3A Major Projects for several NSW wind farms and also worked with local councils for smaller projects.


Stephen has a background in the landscape construction industry and extensive Project Management skills that complement his role as Principle Environmental Planner.  Combining Stephen's landscape and scientific background with his legislative knowledge as an environmental planner provides him with a unique combination of practical skills to develop contemporary solutions to project and environmental issues.  


In Australian Community Energy Steve will manage the permitting process and any planning issues during the development phase.


Find out more about Steve's business: www.enviroplanservices.com.au

Bernhard Voll, MScEng


Bernhard is an electrical engineer with more than 15 years experience in the utility industry holding positions as network planner, operations and construction manager and CEO of a vertically integrated utility supplying electricity, natural gas, water and public transport in Germany. In 2000 Bernhard moved away from the utility industry and became technical Director for a number of international and Australian developers developing wind farms in Australia, New Zealand, USA, China and India. In 2008 Bernhard formed his own consulting firm, Zephyros Consulting, specialising in technical support for solar and wind energy projects. In 2011 Zephyros Consulting became Blue Diamond Energy Solutions, better reflecting the business focus on a broad range of energy solutions from renewable energies to energy efficiency


Whether it was wind farm design using state of the art software or technical expert studies such as Noise and Shadow Flicker, Bernhard has been responsible for all facets of wind farm development including the negotiation of Power Purchase Agreements, discussing grid connections, supply contracts and financing.


Bernhard's role in Australian Community Energy will be wind farm design, wind monitoring, and negotiation of grid connection, power purchase agreements and technical expert studies such as Noise, Shadow Flicker and Electromagnetic Interference.


Find out more about Bernhard's business: www.bdesolutions.com

Local Expertise - Local Collaboration - Local Power

WHO WE ARE

Richard Finlay-Jones
Steve McCall
Bernhard Voll