Committee Members

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Committee Members 2018-01-29T22:53:00+00:00

Bruce Clay

President

Email: bruce@clayenergy.com.fj  Website: www.clayenergy.com.fj

Bruce is the founder and Managing Director of Clay Energy. Based in Suva, Fiji and established in 1998 Clay Energy has grown into one of the regions leading renewable energy EPC companies with experience in delivering power solutions from small SHS to large hybrid and commercial grid connected systems in some of the most remote locations of the Pacific.

Peter Konings

Vice President North

Email: pkonings@apeg.us  Website: www.apeg.us / www.apeg-res.eu

Mr. Konings is the founder and CEO of the Asia-Pacific Energy Group (APEG) and APEG-RES having offices in Netherlands, Belgium, Indonesia, Pohnpei and Guam (US). He has over 20 years experience in the energy sector in Europe, Asia and the Pacific, working on grid-connected PV systems, outer-island electrification, energy policy, and energy efficiency, climate change mitigation & policy and conservation. His expertise covers various aspects of renewable energy and energy efficiency including system design, technologies and costs, policy development, training and capacity building, project management, and institutional frameworks.

Worked since 1995 on the commercial side of the RE sector selling and installing over hundreds of PV systems in Europe, Asia and Africa from 200 W till multiple MW as well as he was involved in various of other RE technologies like wave energy, wind energy, mini-hydro etc.

Mr. Konings has worked as the energy and climate change advisor in the Department of Resources and Development, FSM National Government (2007-2010). He was one of the energy advisors of the Indonesian institute of Technology (BPPT) between 1997 and 2000, and worked together with the World Bank, IMF, ASEAN and other institutions on solar energy programmes in Indonesia from 1999 till 2005. He assisted in developing micro-financing schemes for SHS with an Indonesian consortium of banks. Implemented hundreds of solar projects in Asia, in rural and urban settings, conducted renewable energy feasibility studies, assisted in the development of national energy strategies, writing of technical specifications and project designs, and preparing, launching and evaluating of service & supply tenders for the various programmes incl. the EU funded REP-5 programme.

Peter has developed and conducted various training programmes and curricula in Asia and in the Pacific and was guest lecturer in Renewable Energy Technologies in STT PLN (PLN Academy Jakarta) ; PLN University (Makassar) ; TRISAKTI (University in Jakarta); GADJA MADA (University in Jogyakarta) and UNIMED (Universtity in Medan). He prepared and conducted many training courses in Solar Energy and developed the Solar Sales and Service Centre (RESCO) concept that was successfully implemented in Indonesia.

Nick Ritsinia

Vice President South

Energy4All, Vanuatu

Email: nick@energy4allvanuatu.com

Nick is the founder and Managing Director of Energy4All Vanuatu & Vila Marine. Based in Port Vila, Vanuatu and established in 2009. The current business is mainly focused on small to medium size renewable Energy projects and has done substantial work in all the islands of Vanuatu.

Geoff Stapleton

Secretary

Email: gses@bigpond.com  Website: www.gses.com.au

Geoff Stapleton specialised in solar (PV) energy in the final year of his electrical engineering degree in 1981. He has worked in the solar industry since 1987 when he started as an engineer with BP Solar Australia. In 1989 he started his own company on the south coast of NSW where he designed, installed and maintained off grid power (RAPS) systems. In the mid-1990’s he acted as a full time consultant for Integral Energy (electricity distributor)and in 1998 he was one of the co-founders of Global Sustainable Energy Solutions  Pty Ltd (GSES) .

GSES is a multi-disciplinary organisation specialising in professional engineering and training services across the Renewable Energies sector.   GSES has undertaken projects in Africa, Asia and the Pacific islands.  The company comprises a team of highly experienced systems engineers, designers and installers and accredited trainers.

Collectively, GSES has over 50 years of local and global experience undertaking projects in Australia, NZ, Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. As such, we possess a uniquely diverse portfolio sought after by federal, state and local government, NGOs and private enterprise for our expertise in engineering, design, systems audit and feasibility assessment. We are uniquely placed to provide unbiased consulting services without focussing on specific technologies or brands, as we do not engage in retail or commercial installation.

GSES is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) under the Australian Skills Quality authority. GSES develops and conducts all training courses to nationally recognised competency standards. All course trainers are tertiary qualified and hold a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Gavin Pereira

Treasurer

Email: gavin@climatecatalysts.com.au

Gavin started Superfly Limited in 2011. Superfly is a Solomon Islands solar energy engineering company that specialises in the design, supply and installation of off-grid PV systems. Gavin graduated from UNSW’s solar energy engineering program in 2007 and has taken a keen interest in SEIAPI since moving to the Pacific region in 2011. It is Gavin’s hope that he is able to help promote excellence in the Solar industry in Solomon Islands through promoting SEIAPI and through utilising Superfly’s installations as an example of industry best practice.

Peter Johnston

Committee Member

Email: johnston@unwired.com.fj

Director – Environmental & Energy Consultants (Fiji) ltd

Peter Johnston is a Fiji citizen with degrees in aeronautical engineering, technology policy and environmental management. He who has been involved in sustainable energy and environmental issues in the Pacific and Southeast Asia since the late 1970s. He was Fiji’s first Director of Energy in 1981, managed a UNDP-funded Pacific regional energy programme in the 1980s and a national environmental advisory programme in Cambodia in the 1990s, and has been a consultant with ADB, the EU, GIZ, the Global Green Growth Institute, SPC, SPREP, the World Bank and other regional and international organisations.

Antonio Actouka

Committee Member

Consultant FSM

Antonio Actouka started his work in Renewable Energy Technologies, especially in Solar Photovoltaics late 1970s. He was born on May 10, 1951. He is 5’ 7” and 175 lbs., married, a Pohnpeian and an FSM Citizen.

His MSc. in Environmental Science studies is ongoing. He achieved his Bachelors of Arts in Business Administration (B.A), University of Guam (UOG), December 2010. He obtained his Third Year Certificate of Achievement in General Business, COM-FSM, 2008 and in May 2006, obtained his Associate of Arts (A.A.) Degree in Business Administration. He received his Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S) Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Portland Community College, 1972.

He was awarded the Highest Grade Point Average (GPA) 2008; and Highest GPA and Valedictorian Awards, 2006, COM-FSM.

Antonio became Treasurer of the Environmental Student Organization, UOG, 2011; and President of the Pohnpei Student Organization, UOG, 2010. He was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Organization, Beta Omicron Upsilon Chapter, COM-FSM, 2006.

He attended various trainings in Renewable Energy Technologies but focused on Solar Photovoltaics.

Antonio installed decentralized, direct current (dc), Solar Refrigeration/Freezer and Lighting Systems on the Outer Island Dispensaries and Pakein Island Elementary School including Solar Water Pumping in mid-1980s. He assisted the US Army Corps of Engineers on the Nanpil Hydropower Plant River Assessment and various agencies on the streams and rivers assessment for mini/micro hydropower plants.

The French Government funded a Solar Home Lighting Systems (SHS), direct current (dc, for one-hundred households on Mwoakilloa Island in 1990s through a Grant Proposal that his office developed. The US Department of Energy, FSM Congress and Pohnpei Legislature funded SHS from early 80s to late 90s. Around 2000, his office submitted a Solar Grant Proposal to the German Government and received funding for sixty-four SHS.

Conventional, ac, Solar Photovoltaics Systems on the Outer Island Elementary Schools and Dispensaries was funded by the European Union, 2008 – 2009 which he assisted in the installation throughout the FSM. In 2013 – 2014, he was a member of the Castalia Strategic Advisors Ltd. Team, New Zealand, on the ADB Project, Strengthening the Energy Regulatory Framework in the Federated States of Micronesia. He assessed and evaluated the EU Solar PV systems in Pohnpei for the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), North Office, 2015.

Antonio speaks, writes and reads Pohnpeian and English Languages proficiently. He resides in Ninseitamw, Kolonia, Pohnpei, FSM.

Jarek Pole

Committee Member

Supported by Jennie Page (Independent Power)

Email: jarek@indepower.co.nz

Jarek is an Engineer who holds a MSc Degree in International Business and a post graduate Diploma in Sustainability from Otago Polytechnic. His commercial and engineering track record in renewables come from years of working for a leading wind turbine manufacturer and power companies in Europe. He was involved in supply chain management, project management and development, design coordination and business development of large, power generation projects. He speaks 5 languages and is passionate about Teal type of business governance, sustainable buildings and renewables. From 2015 he works for Independent Power in New Zealand where he is responsible for Business Development.

Dr Sireli Kaloucava

Committee Member

Supported by Mr Taito Tabaleka  (Walnut Energy, Fiji)

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