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About us 2019-05-20T16:30:39+10:00

Why 5B?

At 5B we’re reimagining solar energy for the future – developing cutting-edge technology that drastically reduces the cost of deploying solar energy.

Founded by Chris McGrath and Eden Tehan in 2013, 5B has a bold vision to remake the energy mix here and abroad.

Recognising the need for change, we re-engineered the solar supply chain and simplified how projects are delivered, using fewer materials, lightning-fast deployment and streamlined logistics.

The result is our flagship technology: a portable, prefabricated solar array. The MAVERICKTM unlocks new opportunities across the entire energy market, while reducing project risk for customers.

With our state-of-the art production facility in Alexandria and expert team of technologists, inventors and innovators, 5B offers a better way to build your ground-mount solar project.

Together, we can build a sustainable future powered by the sun.

Discover Maverick

Our vision is for a sustainable global society where all energy comes from renewable sources.

Our mission is to transform the world’s energy sources by delivering world-class technology that makes clean energy affordable and accessible.

  • We foster passion, innovation, creativity and happiness.
  • We are rational and apply first-principles to business and technological problems.
  • We uphold sustainability, honesty and integrity in all of our business activities.

Meet our team

Chris McGrath
Chris McGrathFounder & Chief Executive Officer
Previously Development Manager at Infigen Energy, Founder of Solar Fields

Renewable Energy Engineer (UNSW, 1st Class Honours)

Chris is an inventor, engineer and renewable energy innovator on a mission to bring clean energy to the Australian off-grid energy market. Chris has been tinkering with renewable energy since 2009, when he and Eden Tehan designed and installed a micro-hydro power system in a remote Vanuatu village, bringing energy to the people of Imaki.

As development manager at Infigen Energy, Chris led the development of a 400MW+ utility scale solar PV pipeline. He also founded Solar Fields and is part owner of the Mt Majura Solar Farm.

Eden Tehan
Eden TehanFounder & Chief Ecosystem Officer
Previously Project Manager at Infigen Energy, Sales Manager at Vibrant Energy

Photovoltaic Engineer (UNSW, 2nd Class Honours)

Eden is a photovoltaics engineer with eight years experience in the Australian energy industry. His first project was a micro-hydro power system that delivered renewable energy to a remote village in Vanuatu.

Prior to founding 5B, Eden worked in Infigen Energy’s development team for 2 years. He delivered Infigen’s first solar PV asset, the Capital Solar Farm in 2013, also the country’s first solar PV facility participating in the wholesale market.

David Griffin
David GriffinInvestor & Director
David has been active in developing utility-scale solar and wind farms in Australia since 2000, through his own development companies and during his time as General Manager of Infigen Energy. Of the projects he has developed to date, 231 MW of solar PV and 416 MW of wind farms have been commissioned, and approximately 2 GW of wind and solar are in an advanced stage of development. He retains an interest in half of these development projects.

David is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is on the Board of a number of renewable energy related companies where he brings his long-term development and renewable energy technology expertise to bear. He is also an active angel investor.

Gabriel Reyna
Gabriel ReynaChief Commercial Officer
Previously Head of BD at AJ Lucas Group, Director of Grey Energy Group, and Founder of Bandera Capital

BSc (Hons) Manufacturing Engineering – Texas State University; BA – RMIT University; M&A Professional – New York Institute of Finance

Gabriel’s background spans operational and strategic development roles for listed corporates in the energy sector, and as a business founder in financial services and digital technology. He is a current and past board member of several VC and PE-back growth companies in the energy, water and agriculture sectors. He is passionate about scaling 5B technology to create global impact and a cleaner energy mix.

Thomas Hugues
Thomas HuguesChief Operating Officer
Previously Transformation Project Manager at Airbus Helicopters, CEO and Founder of SAS Smartio

Industrial Engineer (Ecole des Mines d’Ales)

Thomas has 13-years experience in industrial and IT project management, including time spent as an Innovation, and later Transformation Plan project manager, at Airbus in France. He previously founded SAS Smartio, a medical electronic device maker, which he headed up for seven years.