The Welsh Government’s renewable energy support service


Development Officers

The Local Energy Development Officer network is in place to support project development. The level of support from the Development Officers will generally be:

•  Early stages - up to seven hours per project whilst feasibility is assessed

•  Later stages - involved as required to progress project to construction

The Development Officers are the ‘on the ground’ link with organisations developing projects and will provide advice and support and enable access to funding from Local Energy. However they will not undertake a wide range of activities to fill gaps in capacity and resource within the community or SME and will not undertake in depth project management or act as a representative or signatory for groups when dealing with bodies such as regulators, solicitors or financial providers.

Paul Burrell MSc AEES (Advanced Energy & Environmental Studies) UEL

Paul’s work within the renewables industry began as Project Manager for SSA wind farm planning application, part of Dulas of Machynlleth. In this role Paul was responsible for project financing, site design, grid and access work plus consultation with key stakeholders. During this time he also worked on smaller commercial wind farm projects throughout England and Wales with private developers.

Paul went on to join Severn Wye Energy as a Technical Development Officer for the Ynni Fro scheme, working alongside community groups on a wide range of renewable energy sites including hydro and anaerobic digestion.

Paul currently works for Energy Saving Trust on the Ynni Lleol / Local Energy programme offering technical support to groups in Wales exploring the benefits of renewable energy. 

Paul continues to be Director of Anemos Renewables installing small scale wind turbines across Wales. 

Jenny Carlisle MSc, BEng

Jenny has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Swansea University. As her final year project Jenny carried out a technical assessment of the community wind development for Awel Aman Tawe which was awarded institute project of the year by IMechE.

Following Jenny’s degree she worked as Project and IP Engineer for C-FEC Ltd, a company developing a novel wind turbine. Her role saw her supporting the project engineers and the intellectual property specialists in capturing the novel aspects of the design and securing a patent for the design.

The opportunity to work on the Ynni’r Fro programme in 2010 saw a move to Awel Aman Tawe as Development Officer. Within this role Jenny has enjoyed supporting community organisations across South Wales in developing community scale renewable energy schemes including wind, hydro, anaerobic digestion and solar PV. Jenny predominantly provided advice on all aspects of project development from idea to installation, including identifying sites, securing permissions, land agreements, project finances and access to grant funding.

Jenny has also been awarded a 1st from the University of Glamorgan for a Masters in Renewable Energy and Resource Management. Jenny is a founding director of EGNI, a cooperative which raised funds to install PV on a number of community buildings in South Wales. 

Ben Ferguson

Ben has spent most of the last decade delivering programmes managed by the Energy Saving Trust, including domestic energy efficiency and renewable energy advice services. He also worked on the Welsh Government’s Ynni’r Fro programme for community energy support.

During this time he founded Carmarthenshire Energy Community Benefit Society  and Community Energy in Pembrokeshire, and supported the construction of a community owned wind turbine with Transition Bro Gwaun. 

He works part time as Development Officer for the Welsh Government’s Local Energy service, dividing the rest of his time between running an environment and arts consultancy, a band and a theatre company.

Dan McCallum

Dan is the manager of the charity Awel Aman Tawe (AAT) involved in renewable energy, energy efficiency and environmental projects in Wales. AAT grew out of a public meeting to develop a community wind farm. Planning was achieved in May 2009 and work is ongoing.

As well as this role, Dan is also the Director of Engie Solar Cooperative and Community Energy Wales, a cooperative which has installed solar PV on community buildings and schools. 

Dan continues to be a member of the Community Energy Contact Group established by the UK Government to advise on, and support, the development of the Community Energy Strategy. 

Andrew Rowland

As Manager of ecodyfi, Andy has been working for sustainable community regeneration in the Dyfi valley since June 1998.  Community-based renewable energy, more sustainable tourism, and encouraging sustainable living have been the main issues – always with an eye to the wider world and future generations as well as to the quality of life in the Machynlleth area. 

Before that, Andy spent 14 years at the Centre for Alternative Technology, with responsibilities in retailing, site management, education, marketing and cooperative management. Trained as a biologist, Andy also has a postgraduate certificate in rural community economic development.

Ecodyfi’s early facilitation of community renewable energy in the Dyfi Valley was pioneering for its period, 1998-2002. Amongst other schemes, Andy was instrumental in helping the development of Bro Dyfi Community Renewables and its two wind turbines.

Andy and colleagues helped deliver the Ynni i Ffynnu programme in Ceredigion, advising micro enterprises about renewable energy and energy efficiency, work on Renew Wales and Resource Efficient Wales, and provide the Secretariat for Windfall (Mid Wales Community Energy Trust) and the Dyfi Valley’s own Community Energy Fund.

Dafydd Watts

Dafydd has a wealth of experience with regeneration and working with development agencies, including Gwynedd Council, to help community and social enterprises develop their projects. He has also been a Board member of Sustainable Gwynedd Gynaladwy.

Working with Gwynedd Council, Dafydd worked on an EU funded project to identify further opportunities for hydroelectric schemes and help facilitate their developments which then led him to work for Severn Wye Energy Agency as a Development Officer on the Welsh Assembly Government's Ynni’r Fro programme, supporting the development of renewable energy schemes by social enterprises.

Dafydd now works on the Ynni Lleol / Local Energy programme for Energy Saving Trust.