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About 5B

5B is a clean technology innovator, founded in 2013 by solar engineers, Chris McGrath and Eden Tehan. 5B’s mission is to accelerate the transformation of the world to a clean energy future by developing and delivering technology and solutions that make clean energy more competitive, accessible and powerful than ever before.

We have transformed delivery of solar projects from the ground up with our flagship technology, MAVERICK; a plug & play, prefabricated solar block that is folded up, packed onto a truck, shipped to site and deployed in minutes. This enables our customers to deliver solar projects simpler, faster, smarter, more flexibly and at lowest cost.

5B’s technology development & pilot production takes place in our Sydney headquarters, with our Australian assembly partner IXL Solar based in Adelaide. We also have presence in the US, South Africa, Germany and China. Our name, 5B, is a constant reminder of the almost infinite amount of energy potential in the 5 billion years of sunshine the earth has left, and is intended to provoke the question ‘How will we use it?’.

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Vision, Mission & Values

Our vision is for a world where abundant, accessible, affordable power from the sun meets all our energy needs.

Our mission is to reimagine technology to democratise and scale clean energy from the sun

Our values are infused in everything we do:
Be bold. Stay True. Build bridges, cross borders. Keep asking why. Answer to yourself. Give back.

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.

Rhett Evans
Rhett EvansChief Technology Officer

Rhett Evans has over 20 years’ experience across all areas of PV, managing R&D teams, developing new technologies, technology transfer, cell and module manufacturing, reliability testing, field deployment, field monitoring and field performance risk and financial modelling. Rhett has accumulated this experience working in private sector R&D firms, university R&D roles, cell and module manufacturers and his own consulting business. Rhett has a PhD from UNSW in the area of statistical modelling of the PV manufacturing system for improved quality. He has a strong links to PV module manufacturers and a strong interest in the impact of module quality on field performance risk and the least cost mitigation of these risks.

Rhett Evans took on the role of CTO at 5B in February 2020 after recognising the value of the prefabrication approaches to eliminating some of the major risks and barriers to the more widespread deployment of PV systems. Rhett manages the technology team at 5B who are responsible for the continued develop of 5B’s catalogue of pre-fabricated solar array products.

As well as his CTO role, Rhett retains a part time research position at UNSW, one of the world’s leading PV research institution. In his university role, he continues his research in the area of manufacturing analytics for improving cell and module quality, stays across the latest development in the PV industry in general and finds opportunities for 5B-UNSW research collaboration.

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.

Dr. Nicole Kuepper-Russell
Dr. Nicole Kuepper-RussellChief Strategy Officer

Nicole has over 10 years management consulting experience with Bain & Co working across strategy development, innovation, performance improvement and organisational design. At Bain & Co Nicole focused on energy and industrial sectors. Nicole also has deep subject knowledge expertise in photovoltaics having completed a PhD in solar cell devices at UNSW.
Nicole took on her role as Chief Strategy Officer at 5B in August 2020 and is responsible for developing, communicating and executing against 5B’s strategy.

Brett Freeman
Brett FreemanChief Commercial Officer

Brett is an experienced Commercial Executive with a track record of successfully taking global energy and digital solution business units through rapid growth. At 5B, he works closely with the Executive team and board to deliver a robust and thriving 5B ecosystem and marketplace. His aim is to enable profitable growth for 5B and its Ecosystem partners while driving the global proliferation of renewable energy.

Brett has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering, Bachelor of Computer Science, and a Masters in Business
An Electrical engineer by trade, Brett built his career with General Electric developing into a global expert in General management and commercial strategy. He also has experience working for MST Global, Coca Cola, and Intel.

Glen Trestrail
Glen TrestrailGM Operations Australia

Glen has over 25 years experience leading large, complex customer service and operations functions. He has held senior / executive management positions with Apple Computer, Canon, Jaguar Cars, Siemens, Nokia Siemens Networks, CSG Limited and Vertiv.

Glen has a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) from University of Melbourne, a Bachelor of Commerce (Economics & Accounting) from University of Melbourne, and a Masters of Business Administration from Deakin University

At 5B, he is responsible for creating, maintaining and improving the systems, processes and environment supporting and protecting 5B and its people – specifically Finance, People & Culture, Information Technology, Facilities, Work Health & Safety and Legal.

Nikhil Dhyan
Nikhil DhyanHead of Delivery

Nikhil is a passionate leader with a diverse background in Solar, Mining, and Geophysics. He has a Bachelor of Physics & Information Technology.

Nikhil is responsible for the leadership and development of teams and capabilities within Delivery and Partner Services. DPS creates and supports ecosystem partners across supply chain, delivery of products and solutions into the field and the network of channel partners.

Danial Hearn
Danial HearnActing Head of Supply Chain

Danial is an accomplished Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Operations executive with more than 20 years of experience in Government, Construction and retail industries. He is an exceptional communicator with sharpened leadership skills to coach, manage, and motivate diverse professionals in challenging environments.

Danial has Masters in Project Management and a Diploma in Business Management and Law.

A business leader with a strong focus on planning, implementing, and executing long term strategies that drive growth confidence and strengthened business results, he is committed to promoting creativity, effective problem solving, and breakthrough results.