What We Do
EMPower was established in 2015 to serve the growing renewable energy sector internationally. Headquartered in Dublin, our primary business is the development of appropriately positioned and scaled greenfield wind and solar PV assets. EMP’s management team have substantial experience gained in renewable energy development internationally, and have applied their combined 85 years’ experience to emerging energy markets for renewables. This begins with the identification of suitable wind and solar sites, in line with international best practice in environmental & engineering design, and develops these sites in conjunction with local stakeholders.
Our vision is to expand the energy sectors in our respective markets, utilising clean, green power which can be deployed in a decentralised, modular configuration. EMPower aims to be a market leader in RE deployment globally, thereby reducing dependence on fossil fuel.
Who we are
Diarmuid Twomey: Co-founder & MD
Diarmuid is a qualified PMI professional with 11 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector. He previously worked as a project manager with Airtricity / Scottish & Southern Energy / Mainstream Renewable Power in Europe, Africa and Asia developing wind farms from inception to commercial operation.
He has 5 years’ experience in merger & acquisitions in Europe, Africa and Asia, leading teams in the acquisition of late stage renewable energy assets and delivering them from share purchase to financial close.
Seán mac Cann: Co-founder & Director
Seán is an English-qualified (City of London trained) commercial lawyer. He has 25 years’ broad commercial experience in private practice and in industry and has 15 years’ specific experience in the renewable energy sector. He has drafted, negotiated and closed land, joint-venture, shareholder, investment, technology-supply, construction, off-take and operational contracts across wind, solar, tidal, waste-treatment and AD/CHP projects in Ireland, the U.K., N. America and Africa.
He has also advised an African government on a land / maritime boundary dispute at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Fintan Whelan: Director
Fintan is a qualified accountant with 16 years’ experience in the renewable energy sector. He previously worked as corporate finance manager with Airtricity Developments Limited and co-founded Mainstream Renewable Power.
He has coordinated fundraising of €100m in corporate equity and over €1bn in project finance over his career.
Kevin Burns: Senior Project Manager
Kevin is a Prince 2 and MSP qualified project management professional with 15 years’ experience working in IT and wind farm development and construction.
Kevin has an MSc in Renewable Energy Development from Herriot Watt University and previously worked as development and construction project manager for RM Energy & Muirden Energy delivering a portfolio of wind projects from early stage development to Operations. Kevin also has seven years’ experience with Microsoft serving US, Asian and European markets.
Felix Quansar: Technical Advisor
Felix is a professionally qualified mechanical engineer and technology planner and is the principal consultant at PRC Ghana.
He has twenty-five years’ experience in industrial and business development planning and management, private sector development, institutional capacity development and international investment promotion and partnership. Felix has extensive experience working on infrastructure and IPP projects in Africa, having previously worked on projects with the United Nations Industrial Development Programme, DANIDA, IFC, IFU, AFRASIA and the World Bank
Zabron Brown Mwaipopo: Country Manager
Zabron is a qualified engineer with an BSc in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Project Planning and Management. He has over a decade’s experience of managing infrastructure projects across three continents. His experience includes commercial and residential housing projects, airport constructions, water projects, and wastewater treatment systems. He has worked in the USA, Tanzania-Zanzibar, South Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Zambia, and India. Previous employers include Bam International and BORDA.
Ernest Agyenim-Boateng: General Manager
Ernest has over 10 years’ experience in project management and has worked on a wide range of private sector projects. Before joining EMP, Ernest was the Country Director of WhiteCap Development Ltd., a utility-scale solar company. He was responsible for the overall project development, from permitting, to power purchase agreements and stakeholder engagement.
Ciaran Twomey: GIS Manager
Ciaran is a qualified Geospatial Information Systems coordinator with three years’ experience in wind farm development and design. He is trained and certified by the international training & licensing body ESRI. Ciaran is responsible for continually building & maintaining EMP’s international GIS database across all markets.
Nii Ayitey-Stone: Stakeholder Manager
Stone has worked for several years with the corporate communications unit of the Volta River Authority. Working primarily with local communities surrounding the Akosombo Dam and VRA’s generation infrastructure, Stone gained extensive experience in working with communities and managing community-consultation programs
Alexander Kelly: Corporate Finance Co-ordinator
Alex holds an MSc in Energy and Environmental Finance from Smurfit Business School, Dublin, as well as an MSc in Sustainable Energy Planning and Management from Aalborg University, Denmark. Alex has several years’ experience working in architecture, energy engineering and energy related finance consultancy.
Ríkarður Ragnarsson - Garpsdalur Wind Farm Manager
Ríkarður holds a master degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Iceland. He has several years’ experience working in IT solutions for the marine and aviation industry from research and development to project management. In his previous positions, he delivered projects to customers in Asia, Middle-East and Europe.
Owen David Mwandumbya
Owen holds a Master degree in International Relations and a Bachelor Degree in Mass Communication. He has over ten years’ experience in journalism, communication and stakeholder engagement. Owen has worked with the Parliament of Tanzania for nine years as Information Officer before being promoted to the Head of the Information, Education and Communication Unit for the Parliament of Tanzania.