Welcome to Sol Energy

Welcome to Sol Energy, a leading Australian sustainable energy consultancy and services company focused on developing a built environment that is sustainable for the future.

A one-stop shop for sustainability and low energy system solutions, Sol Energy specialises in sustainable development options for the built environment – both new build and existing. Sol Energy offers concept design, feasibility studies, energy audits, and efficiency upgrades, renewable energy installations, plus more.

Sol Energy’s team of experienced professionals provide a holistic approach to energy and sustainability requirements.

Sol Energy aims to build a future on sustainable development, tailored by communities inhabiting it, by environmental forces shaping it and most importantly, for the children who will inherit it.

Why choose Sol Energy?

Sol Energy provides a holistic approach to energy system solutions focusing on delivering the most cost effective, sustainable outcome to achieve low carbon energy requirements.

Why we can fulfill your requirements:

  • Extensive local and international experience
  • Commitment to practical solutions with real savings
  • No green wash
  • Straight up, honest, informed advice
  • Competitive pricing
  • Broad experience in many facets of the built environment (squiggly lines, number crunching and hammer swinging)
  • Experienced support team of specialised services

Vision, Mission & Goals

Sol Energy focuses on the basics while embracing new technologies and approaches, to develop a built environment that is beautiful, sustainable and good for the soul.

We have solutions for difficult problems and are enthusiastically focused on ensuring our built environment is designed and built to constantly improve our quality of life. Ultimately, we strive to minimise the impact on our finite planet.

Whether you are serious about minimising your footprint, or simply want to decrease your business costs, our approach is simple.

By being smarter we have the ability to simultaneously improve our quality of life or business bottom line, as we lessen the impact on the planet.

Every kWh of electricity saved in Australia counts.

Australians live a very carbon intensive life compared to most other nations. By making a few small changes we can greatly reduce this impact and save you money in the process. It’s a win for the planet and a win for your pocket!

About Simon McKay - Director

Simon McKay - Director

Simon McKay – Director

Simon McKay is a graduated architect who combines the visionary with the practical.

The Founder and Director  of Sol Energy is equipped with more than 15 years’ experience in the sustainable development and energy industry.

After completing a Bachelor of Built Environment in Architecture, Simon spent five years working as a carpenter/joiner in London while completing a Masters in Architecture, Energy and Sustainability at the London Metropolitan University.

Simon spent two years as a Sustainable Engineering Consultant with MTT Sustain in London before migrating to Faber Maunsells (AECOMs) Sustainable Development Group, a multi-national consulting firm.

During this time, Simon’s consulting experience was broad with a focus on low and zero carbon and sustainable building design. This included passive design, energy efficiency, renewable energy, water conservation and general sustainability advice.

Simon has undertaken research in building performance and was involved in the recent regulatory changes in the UK relating to fuel and power conservation and improving ventilation. Simon has experience in undertaking environmental sustainability ratings as an accredited Building Reasearch Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) (Offices) and assessor of Code for Sustainable Homes.

Upon returning to Australia, Simon joined Sustainable Focus, an Adelaide-based consultancy focused on sustainable retrofit solutions. Simon was responsible for managing solar PV sales and installs, while undertaking numerous energy audits and feasibility work.

Simon holds a Bachelor of Built Environment – Architectural Studies, from Queensland University of Technology and a Masters in Science – Architecture, Energy and Sustainability, from the London Metropolitan University.

About Cameron Sherriff - CEC Solar Accredited Installer and Designer

Cameron is a CEC Solar Accredited Installer and Designer who has been working for more than 10 years as an electrician and has become passionate about providing solar solutions. He is a strong believer that solar energy is a viable and necessary renewable energy source since in 2004.

Cameron has been involved in the installation of hundreds of domestic and commercial solar system of various sizes up to 90 kW in capacity. He is well equipped with installing a range of systems including micro-inverters, optimised and standard string inverters and is also highly competent in installing a range of monitoring systems. He’s actually a gun at resolving IT issues that typically arise when integrating monitoring systems for solar generation or energy consumption monitoring.

Cameron’s vast experience allows him to competently undertake site inspections to find practical solutions for solar systems being installed, as well as identifying problems associated with underperforming systems. These skills and years of experience ensure damaged or faulty systems can be repaired quickly and efficiently.

Cameron has previously worked for Energy Matters, Cowell Electric Supply, Southern Energy Concepts and completing his apprentiship with Flash Electrical before becoming C & C Electrical Solutions’ main electrician and director.

Cameron’s licence and training includes CERT III Information Technology and is currently studying a CERT IV in Electrical Instrumentation, CEC – Full Design and Install Accreditation, GSES – Design and Install Solar Systems, Australian Institute of Building Surveyors – Training for Solar Photovoltaic Panel Installers, Certificate III in Electrotechnology Systems Electrician (Onkaparinga TAFE, O’Halloran Hill) along with others.

Cameron licence’s are Electrical Workers Registration (SA),  Victorian Electrical Licence, Open registration, SA Electrical Contractors Licence, O.H.S. Certification Australia (Class WP), Western Australian Electrical Licence, O.H.&S. Construction Induction (SA) amongst others.

About Nelson Manonella - Energy Consultant

Nelson - Energy Consultant & Customer Relations

Nelson – Energy Consultant & Customer Relations

Energy Consultant & Customer Relations, who has a detailed understanding of the local South Australian state and national power legislation. He has developed a broad knowledge of energy efficiency principles and understands all aspects of rooftop solar design since he started working in the solar industry in 2012.

Nelson has developed an ability to clearly communicate with complex industries, political & technical data and strategies and to adopt a consultative approach with all stakeholders, providing excellent customer service.

Before Nelson went off  for a year to volunteer for a Chilean foundation (Fundacion Mi Parque) to co-ordinate dozens of volunteers to create landscaped, green public spaces for under-privileged communities, Nelson worked for Sol Energy developing effective solar strategies for new business introductions, gathering information to assist in easy, practical and coherent manner the design of solar systems, liaising with stakeholders, customers, business owners, network suppliers, power retailers, installers, suppliers and local government to achieve a positive outcome for all customers.

In the past Nelson worked for Sustainable Focus where he developed new business opportunities in energy efficiency for residential and commercial applications. His skills in this area includes designing and costing solar PV and energy efficiency opportunities and is well versed at following up energy efficiency solutions for clients. Nelson is a real people-person and has a great ability to help customers understand the importance of managing their energy usage in real and understandable ways. This is a fantastic trait that allows him to deliver massive savings at no cost other than a change in user behaviour.

Nelson’s studies include a South Australian construction industry OH&S white card course (TAFE SA), a Completed Diploma of Sustainability (TAFE SA) and a Completed Diploma of Applied Science (Swinburne University of Technology – TAFE Division, VIC).

About Andres Rodriguez - Consultant / Data Analyst

Andres - Consultant / Data Analyst

Andres – Consultant / Data Analyst

Andres is a Consultant/Data Analyst supporting organisational responsibilities and data analysis solutions for commercial and residential customers.

Andres has been researching and eagerly learning about the industry since starting his career in the clean energy industry three years ago whilst instantly applying his data analysis skills to good use. His ability to competently undertake maximum demand analysis is critical in understanding cost/saving analysis for a range of feasibility options. His Engineering education allows him to offer well thought through, complex engineering solutions to difficult problems that also make economic sense, an invaluable trait.

Andres previously held an Analyst position in the Australian Motorsport Industry generating Research & Development reports Grants, innovative reports, user guides, and procedures. He has also worked with Quality Management Systems solutions and associated documentation. Andres is competent in using a range of computer software including Microsoft Excel and he is currently studying R (statistically explore data sets) and Tableau (Visual Analytics). He is also competent in Dialux (professional light planning software).

Andres holds a Bachelor of Industrial Engineering and a Bachelor of Commerce.