A team with proven experience and a solid commitment to the energy transition
BNZ is an independent power producer (IPP) that develops, builds, and operates solar photovoltaic projects in Southern Europe, particularly in Portugal, Italy, and Spain. Its professional team actively develops, constructs, and manages a diverse pipeline network with a differentiating factor present in our environmental and social approach.
The fight against climate change through the generation of cleaner energy is a priority for our society and also for the BNZ team. The top managers of the company have more than 50 years of experience in the renewable energy sector and their professional careers attest to this commitment to the energy transition.
Scott Lawrence is a board member of BNZ. He is also a Partner in Glennmont Partners and was a founding director of BNP Paribas Clean Energy Partners. Scott has led the investment in more than 1GW of solar photovoltaic generation capacity and is the leader of Glennmont Partners’ initiatives in this sector.
Scott has a broad network of connections throughout the solar universe having previously founded a company formed to finance and develop a series of solar power plants in Spain. Scott’s established relationships with panel manufacturers and developers has been key to Glennmont Partners success in investment in solar PV markets throughout Europe. Scott holds an MBA from London Business School and a BS from Cornell University.
Jordi Francesch is a board member of BNZ. He is also the Chief Risk Officer and Head of Asset Management of Glennmont Partners. He has more than 18 years’ experience in the energy sector, 11 of which spent in renewables, specifically in renewable energy development, operation, maintenance, due diligence, advisory and asset management.
Jordi provides strategic direction to the portfolio; leading on any material contractual challenges, assisting with acquisitions and their incorporation into the portfolio, sitting on most of the project company boards, overseeing governance for the wholly owned projects and regularly reporting to the management committees and non-executive board. Jordi holds a BSc in Economics, an MBA from Universitat Pompeu Fabra and an MSc in Environmental Economics from the University of London.
Francesc Filiberto is the Managing Director and Head of Business Development of BNZ. He brings more than 15 years’ experience in the renewable energy industry, with expertise in project development, construction engineering, operations, services, due diligence, and O&M.
Before joining BNZ, Francesc held several leadership positions in the service division of SMA, a leading inverter manufacturer, and also founded an engineering company, Siconia, providing technical advisory services to investors. He also held senior management positions at Underwriters Laboratories and Nokia. Francesc holds an MSc in Physics, an MSc in Electronic Engineering from University of Valencia and an MBA from IE Business School.
Peter Karam is the Project Manager of BNZ. He contributes to the team effort with more than 8 years of experience in the Solar PV and Wind renewable energies, in different phases of the projects’ life, and with a leaning towards asset management.
Prior to joining BNZ, Peter held various management and senior management positions in the asset management division of Vector Renewables (ex. Vector Cuatro) both in France and Spain and was focused on foreign markets. He also headed the technical asset management team of Alten RE, a Madrid-based IPP with international presence. Over the span of his career, he has managed more than 1.5GW of renewable energy assets. Peter holds an MSc in Electronics from Salvatore Dali’s center of the world, Perpignan, and an MSc in General Management from IAE Lyon.
Arnau Girona is the Solar Engineer at BNZ. He has more than 7 years of experience in the renewable energy industry, with a strong technical knowledge on the design, construction, and contractual aspects of large-scale solar PV projects.
Prior to joining BNZ, Arnau held several senior positions in leading international consultancy firms specialised in renewable energy. As a consultant, he has provided a broad range of technical support for equity and debt investors including energy yield assessments, site and factory inspections, design reviews, construction monitoring and operational assessments. With a great understanding of the industry standards, he has also contributed to the drafting and negotiation of EPC contracts including new performance testing methodologies for various technology developments. Arnau holds an MEng in Industrial Engineering from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, and an MSc in Renewable Energy Systems from the Strathclyde University in Glasgow.
For our company, it is important to have a well-qualified expert team devoted to its project, as a sign of commitment and stability for the local communities alongside which BNZ carries on its business of power production, and a sign to the market of the company’s efficiency, the quality of its management and the potential return on investment.