Our Story

Alternus Energy is an Irish incorporated company led by Chairman and CEO, Vincent Browne. Alternus Energy began operations in 2016 with the acquisition of two Romanian solar PV parks with a total capacity of 6.1 megawatt peak (MWp). The current portfolio consists of 24 solar parks across Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Romania and Poland, producing more than 130 MWp of clean energy. Alternus Energy works closely with local and international specialist development partners providing a constant pipeline of new projects for acquisition and construction. Alternus Energy aims to own and operate over 3.5 GWs of solar parks by the end of 2025 and to become one of the largest pan-European IPPs by the end of the decade.

Completes Strategic Acquisition of Netherlands based Unisun Energy Holdings B.V, to become a Vertically Integrated IPP

  • Planned Listing on Euronext Growth Oslo – June 2021
  • Total Operational Owned and to Close 134 MWp

Successfully Placed EUR 110M Senior Secured Green Bond And EUR 27M Of New Equity With Arctic Securities

  • All existing debt on assets in operation refinanced with bond proceeds
  • Raised EUR 9m in convertible debt to refinance a EUR 13m loan note
  • Completed acquisition of 44 MWp from contracted 109 MWp
  • Project backlog reaches 1,411 MWp

Contracts to acquire 15 Solar Parks across Romania, Italy And Poland With An Aggregate Production Capacity Of 109MW

  • Wins first tender project for 65MW Polish park from BayWa r.e.
  • New strategic partner in Ireland

Completes acquisition of additional 5.0MW in Italy from Risen

  • Announces BayWa r.e. as European O&M partner
  • Acquisition of 12MW operating park in the Netherlands
  • Contracts for additional 20MW of projects in Italy
  • Project pipeline reaches 500MW

Enters German market 2 strategic German partnerships

  • Completes acquisition of first 10 rooftop projects under construction
  • Completes acquisition of  additional 2.24MW in Italy

Acquires first 2 operational projects in Italy - 1.7 MW

  • Signs SPA for acquisition of  additional 2.24MW in Italy
  • Expands project origination network
  • Vincent Browne becomes Chairman & CEO

Expands to Italian Solar Market

  • Shifts to acquisition strategy
  • Establishes key advisor relationships
  • Vincent Browne acquires controlling interest via MBO

Completes construction of 2 Romania projects totalling 6MW

  • Vincent Browne appointed CFO
  • Divests technology assets to concentrate on solar

Our Team

Our management team consists of highly motivated indivduals with a deep knowledge of their particular function and a growing understanding of applying their unique skillset to the renewable energy industry. Furthermore, each team member possesses an inherent passion for the environment and climate change action, suitably feeding into the company’s core goal of playing its part in the green energy transition.

Vincent Browne

Chief Executive Officer

Vincent continues to lead the company’s expansion across Europe, bringing a wealth of experience with his extensive background of over 20 years in senior and c-suite level management in the areas of finance and operations, including M&A, project finance and capital market transactions across listed and private companies. Vincent has predominantly worked in the public markets as CEO or CFO of OTC listed companies and as a consultant to others involving M&A, spin outs and corporate restructuring. Vincent also founded a couple of technology start-ups that became leaders in their respective fields and previously held the position of Head of Procurement with Esat Telecom Group, Ireland’s premier competitive telecom operator, quoted on NASDAQ. Given his experience, Vincent brings to Alternus an entrepreneurial, innovative mindset crafting the way forward to the success the company has achieved to date. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from University College Dublin and is also a contributor in the commercialization of research and technology projects with the Technology and Enterprise Campus at Trinity College Dublin. 

Joseph Duey

Chief Financial Officer

Joseph’s experience of over 20 years in the development, construction and financing of renewable energy assets including key operating management, finance and audit functions, ensures that he is well suited to drive the financial operations at Alternus. Joseph’s previous roles include CFO of Green States Energy, Inc. (GSE), an IPP where he assisted in the growth of the company from zero assets to over $70M of assets and over $7M of annual long term contracted revenue over a 3-year period. Joseph also held the position of Controller for Power Partners a division of MasTec (MTZ). The Power Partners group installed over 3.5 GWp of wind assets in the United States as the electrical contractor over a 7-year period. Other positions have included various finance and operations roles with Fortune 500 manufacturing companies, including the SPX Corporation and the Goodrich Corporation. Joseph was appointed as CFO in Alternus in 2018 and holds an MBA from the University of Illinois and has achieved CPA, CMA, CIA, and CFM designations.

Taliesin Durant

Chief Legal Officer

Taliesin was appointed as General Counsel in Alternus in 2018. Given her wealth of experience and solutions orientated and methodical style, Taliesin ensures the company takes the best legal approach across all levels of the business. Taliesin has served in senior operating roles in a variety of corporate and public enterprises for over twenty years, providing general corporate legal advice. Taliesin’s most recent role was as the President of Dart Business Services LLC, a company which she founded in 2010. Dart Business Services provided consultancy services to a few small public and private companies, similar to those provided by a general counsel or in-house counsel and corporate secretary.  Prior to founding Dart, Taliesin was the Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Flint Telecom Group and previously Taliesin spent 8 years at Semotus Solutions as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary where she was part of the team that took the company from its listing on the OTC Markets to Amex and then to Nasdaq Taliesin holds a BA in Economics from Connecticut College and is a member of the California State Bar Association, having earned a Juris Doctor degree at North-western School of Law at Lewis and Clark College and completed her final year at Santa Clara University School of Law. 

Gary Swan

Chief Technical Officer

Gary joined Alternus in 2021 as Chief Technical Officer bringing with him 30 years’ construction experience where he has worked on the design, construction, operation and sale of approximately 1 GWp of renewable energy assets while demonstrating a significant track record of delivering projects safely, on time, on budget and managing successful client and partner relationships. For the 3 years prior to joining Alternus, Gary was responsible for the construction of several large-scale wind and solar projects owned by Actis Energy portfolio companies AELA Energia (Chile) and BioTherm Energy (Africa), where he held the role of acting Technical Director.  Prior to Actis, he spent almost 6 years at Mainstream Renewable Power, where as Head of Construction he held the responsibility for delivering wind and solar projects through the construction phase into operation across Europe, North America, Latin America and Africa. During this time, Gary managed relationships with Mainstream’s JV partners Actis and JV platforms Lekela Power (Africa) and AELA Energia. He was Mainstream’s representative on the project Steering Committees and alternate director on project company boards. He also held interim responsibility over a two-year period for all aspects of safety, security and quality within the Mainstream group. Gary has a BAI in Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Project Management from the University College Dublin Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School.

Gita Shah

Manager of Strategic Planning

Gita joined Alternus Energy in 2017 in support of her passion and enthusiasm to drive a carbon neutral world. As Manager of Strategic Planning, Gita is a member of the senior management team and drives cross functional activities at all levels within the company to ensure coordination within the strategic goals and growth ambitions of the business as outlined by the executive management and board. Gita is heavily involved with business development activities, including project selection and acquisition, and sits on the Alternus project approval committee. Gita has extensive experience in supporting the delivery of infrastructure projects in European markets, over five years of which in the renewables industry. Previous to joining Alternus Energy Gita held the position of Development Executive in Irish renewable energy start-up Stream Bioenergy, where she was part of a team of three that successfully achieved IED Licensing and planning for 2 x 3.8MW Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plants in Ireland. Gita holds a BSc in Spatial Planning and Environmental Management from Technological University Dublin and studied at the Innovation Academy in UCD. 

Larry Farrell

Chief Information Officer

Larry joined Alternus in 2019 excited by the company’s plans for growth and at the prospect of getting involved in one of the fastest growing industries across Europe. With over 20 years of experience in senior leadership roles across production, operations and service delivery management, in both startups and fortune 500 companies, Larry brings with him the necessary expertise to facilitate the company’s operational expansion across Europe. In his previous role as senior director of global operations for Xerox, consolidating and developing support systems and infrastructure globally, Larry successfully managed a team of 300+ people across multiple lines of the business. Larry brings a core skillset of building and managing cross functional global teams in an international environment simultaneously enabling growth whilst maintaining control at all operational levels. Larry is ITIL and Lean Six Sigma certified and studied Mechanical Engineering at Dundalk Institute of Technology and holds Diplomas in Management from Dublin Business School and Printing and Graphic Communication from Technological University Dublin. 

Stefano Stavrogiannis

Italian Country Manager

Stefano joined the Alternus team in 2016 with an appetite to become more involved in the solar industry and over time he became the Italian Country Manager with the responsibility for project operations in Italy including new business development opportunities, project origination on Italian project acquisitions. With over 20 years of experience in consultancy activities in manufacturing, oil, gas and renewables Stefano brings with him a deep industry knowledge that supports the smooth and efficient running of Alternus Energy’s Italian country operations. In 2003 he founded Delta Sigma Ltd which specializes in Business Development and Strategy Consultation for the growth and development of SME’s in manufacturing, energy including oil, gas and renewables and infrastructures across Italy, Greece, Romania and the Middle East. Delta Sigma also provided consultancy to its clients on the acquisition and construction of refineries, lines transmission and power plants powered with natural gas and renewables sources, also supporting the development of a number of renewables projects in the form of several biogas plant projects in Italy for Enerfin SPA. 

Ionela Cainaru

Romanian Country Manager

Ionela has over 14 years of experience in financial accounting with an extensive knowledge and expertise in energy production, supply and trading. Having joined the Alternus team in 2016 Ionela serves as the Romanian Country Manager where she runs the project operations in Romania in a highly efficient manner, including all energy trading activities and reporting to the relevant authorities. Ionela is a certified accountant and holds a BSc in Accounting and Management Informatics from the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University Lucian Blaga in Sibiu and is a certified accountant and member of CECCAR.

Bram Broshius

Partner Relationship Manager

Bram joined the Alternus team in 2019 leading on the identification and screening of new investment opportunities and the origination of new partnerships with project developers to unfold a pipeline that matches the company’s growth ambitions. With over 13 years of experience in the solar PV industry in various project management and business development roles Bram has cultivated a far-reaching international network in the solar industry making Bram the ideal candidate to lead on new business development opportunities across Europe for Alternus. Specifically, Bram has coordinated on the acquisition of multiple solar PV projects in Italy and Spain for various investor groups and has spent 7 years as a broker between project developers, EPC contractors and investors in the Solarif Group. 

Neil Shah

Group Financial Controller

Neil joined Alternus in 2021 as Group Financial Controller bringing with him over 10 years of global financial leadership experience across finance, treasury, audit and information technology for various global organizations. At Alternus Neil is responsible for supporting the company’s global financial activities including accounting and controllership, financial planning and analysis, acquisitions, treasury, tax, internal audit and investor relations. Prior to joining Alternus, Neil held the position of Finance Controller at a renowned construction company in Dubai, UAE, where he took ownership and ensured successful delivery of financial commitments with significant margin improvements across the portfolio. Neil’s other positions have included various finance roles with companies such as Dow Jones, Laureate Pharmaceuticals and Ernst & Young. Neil holds both a Bachelors and Masters in Accounting from the Business School at Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA.