5B was founded in 2013 by Chris McGrath and Eden Tehan, and has since grown to two facilities in SA and NSW, with our headquarters in Alexandria, NSW.
We are a team of renewable energy experts who care about making solar projects lower cost, faster and smarter. Our mission is to transform the world’s energy sources by delivering world-class technology that makes clean energy affordable and accessible. Our name, 5B, is a constant reminder of the 5 billion years of sunshine we have left, and motivates our team to strive for the simplest, most effective ways to leverage this resource.
Starting from the ground up, 5B has reinvented solar energy. We’ve re-engineered the solar supply chain, using fewer materials and lightning-fast deployment to streamline logistics. Our MAVERICK solution is the fastest, easiest and lowest cost way to deploy ground-mounted solar when compared to any other solution available in Australia.
Having doubled our manufacturing capacity through a strategic partnership with solar racking manufacturer, IXL, our total capacity currently sits at 60MW per annum. Moreover, we are now able to capture the growing demand for our solution through our partner, whose core manufacturing capabilities allow them to expand their production as needed.
Vision, Mission & Values
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 value boldness and pragmatism. 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
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.
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 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.
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.
Anna’s experience spans creative and sustainable development projects across the continents. With a background in Renewable Energy Engineering and Design, she is currently completing an MBA specialised in Social Impact and Change Management at the AGSM/UNSW.
Anna thrives in creative and multi-cultural settings, and has a passion for bringing people together to work on ideas that will make the world a better place. In her role at 5B, she supercharges the executive team to drive business performance, global expansion and to accelerate the world’s transition to a clean future.
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, Development at 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.
David 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.
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.