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).
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.
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.
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.
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.