President Australian Energy Storage Council (AuSES – Australian Solar Energy Society Limited Pty Ltd – Director); President Australian Solar Council; CEO (Owner – NoCarbon Pty Ltd). Steve Blume creates partnerships to plan, design deliver large scale commercial and community solar and renewables projects. Steve is a former political adviser and private sector senior executive, policy creator, change management consultant, business manager and public servant. Steve offers consulting and advising services on climate change & environment policy development & implementation, energy efficiency & conservation measures, solar & other renewable energy technologies and distributed energy networks.
Steve’s mantra for solar & other renewables is ‘deployment, deployment, R&D, deployment!’. We have the means to build a 100% renewables future, we simply need the will. As President of the Australian Energy Storage Council Steve works to enhance the national voice of solar in Australia and to increase international collaboration on a 100% renewable energy future.
Through his business SolarQuip, Glen Morris has been installing renewables both on and off the grid for over 20 years. Glen consults for the CEC, is a member of their Standards Training and Accreditation Committee, is a member of Standards Australia EL-042 Committee, teaches renewables at various TAFES, and has been a system auditor for both the CEC and NZ Government. Glen has lived off grid for the past 20 years – currently at one of Australia’s oldest intentional communities in the Yarra Ranges near Melbourne.
Geoff has lived with off-grid solar since the early 90s and has been working in the industry since 2002, holding accreditation for both on and off-grid design and installation. He is a consultant designer/installation supervisor for New England Solar Power (NSW) and currently managing several small commercial PV projects (40 to 100 kWp) and has been presented short courses in New Zealand on PV basics. ”Farming The Sun” is a community project he is involved in. Geoff is NSW Chairman of the SEIA.
Chris Taylor is the Managing Director of Apricus Australia, a position he has held for the past 12 years. Prior to starting Apricus Chris worked as an adjunct lecturer at the Graduate School of Management in Western Australia where he taught on the Universities MBA programme. Chris has taught and consulted extensively across Australia and South East Asia for clients such as Singapore Airlines, Carlton & United Breweries and the Singapore Armed Forces where he was part of a team of academics teaching leadership on the Senior Command Program. Chris is originally from Melbourne, he completed his undergraduate studies at Monash University prior to heading to the USA where he completed a Masters degree. Chris is currently completing his Doctorate in the area of Leadership Integrity
Paul Scerri brings to the Australian Energy Storage Council Board of Management, 23 years of local & international Manufacturing experience, trading experience throughout Asia, Europe & the Americas and the grounding of a global PV manufacture. He has gained extensive experience in Business Development, Client Management, Tendering & Contract Negotiations, Technical Proposal Negotiations, Global Project Management, Manufacturing and Product Design & Development.
The key skills Paul brings to the Board, include and are not limited the strong ability to bridge gaps between cultures, companies and organizations; motivate both multi location & multi cultural teams to achieve both individual & shared goals.
Paul’s key achievements include establishing new internal benchmarks for client relationship management, team building across international boarders and becoming the preferred first point of contact for multi national organizations throughout Asia.
Redback Technologies Founder and Managing Director. Phil is an experienced executive, entrepreneur and operations professional with 13 years of direct Renewable Energy experience, driving business development, and exceeding business targets for a diverse range of governmental, not for profit and for profit organizations. Adaptive strategic thinker specializing in the creation of entrepreneurial solutions to meet specific market requirements. Demonstrated track record of growing start-ups into successful & profitable organizations. Adept at communicating complex technical information with non-technical audiences.
Antony Sachs has served on the Australian Solar Council Board of Directors for the past two years and is also currently the President of the Queensland Branch of the Australian Solar Council, a position held for the past three years. Antony has been closely involved with the efficient use of energy for much of his professional life. For the past decade, he have been a passionate advocate of renewable energy and for the need to control and reduce global carbon emissions. Qualifications include being a Fellow of Australian Institute of Company Directors as well as Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Chemical Engineering Degrees from the University of Queensland. Outside of time spent on Solar Council matters, Antony is currently employed in a business development role involving deployment of medium to larger scale solar power systems into the Commercial, Industrial, Utility and Government sectors.
Prior to this current role, he consulted to businesses that were engaged in commercialising new technologies, novel products and services.
From 2001 till 2004, Antony was the Managing Director of AGR Science and Technology Pty. Ltd (now trading as AGR Industries). He has also held a range of management & executive roles within Industrial Galvanizers Corporation.
Based in New Zealand, Barbara Elliston is a director of Elliston Power Consultants, Counties Power Limited and Easy Warm. A qualified electrical engineer, Barbara’s background includes corporate governance, strategic development, product development and start-ups in renewable energy both solar thermal and solar photovoltaics. Previous roles in “big-energy” electricity networks include directorships with Genesis Energy and Transpower, and in power management with Comalco NZ. The entrepreneur is currently launching a Hot PVTM solar hot water product using solar PV to heat water.
Gabrielle Kuiper’s current role is Senior Policy Officer with the NSW Public Interest Advocacy Centre, Energy & Water Consumers’ Advocacy Program (EWCAP). She was previously Senior Adviser, Climate Change, Energy and Environment in the Office of the Australian Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard MP; Head of Environmental Sustainability at the ANZ Bank; and as the Climate Change Professional Fellow in the US Department of State.
John Grimes was appointed as Chief Executive of the Australian Solar Council in 2008 and Chief Executive of the Australian Energy Storage Council in 2014. John started his career as an officer in the Air Force, and went on to found and grow a number of companies, including a start up company he took to a successful listing on the ASX with a market capitalisation in excess of $30m. His most recent company was in the environmental sector employing over 25 people with operations in Australia, the US and the Middle East. John has a passion for the solar industry and is regularly called on by the media to provide comment on solar issues.