Collgar Renewables is pleased to announce its new (and inaugural) Chief Operating Officer, Steven De Clerck.
Steven has been with Collgar for 18 months as Principal Engineer and brings a wealth of experience both in Operations & Maintenance as well as Project Delivery of large power generation and transmission assets.
Steven started his career in Belgium, where he obtained his Masters in Electrotechnical Engineering at Ghent University, as well as obtaining a Project Management certification from the Project Management Institute. He was responsible for the delivery of the converter station and technical interfaces of ALEGrO, the first HVDC cable between Belgium and Germany, as well as operations and maintenance of Belgium’s other 1,000 MW HVDC interconnector, Nemo Link. Closer to home Steven was instrumental in the development and delivery of the Marinus Link, the 1500 MW interconnector between Victoria and Tasmania.
Thomas Scott-Morey, Collgar's Chief Executive Officer, celebrated the appointment and commended Steven on his contribution to the business so far.
“As Collgar Renewables grows and positions itself for more operating assets, it became clear there was a need for a new position to oversee the operations of the business. Steven has already made a great contribution to Collgar in his short time with the company. His experience and technical knowledge are highly regarded, and his contribution as a senior leader has been valuable. This is an exciting time for the business.”
Steven expressed his gratitude for the opportunity and shared his excitement to start in the COO role. “Thomas, Colleen and the rest of the Collgar team have made me feel very welcome from day one. I’m humbled, excited and grateful to be given the opportunity to play a bigger part in delivering new wind farms and other renewable energy assets for Collgar and Rest.”
Together with the appointment in early 2023 of Anthony Piccinini, Head of Business Development, this appointment ensures Collgar Renewables is well placed to fulfil its ambitious growth plans. It also demonstrates Collgar’s continued commitment to contribute to the ever-growing supply of clean energy to Western Australian consumers.
About Collgar Renewables
Collgar Renewables operates WA’s largest wind farm, located 25km south-east of Merredin. Collgar Wind Farm is a $750m renewable energy project and produced its first energy on 14 May 2011. The wind farm is built over a land envelope of 18,000 hectares and comprises 111 wind turbines with a total power production capacity of 222 MW.
Collgar Renewables is wholly owned by the Retail Employees Superannuation Trust (Rest). Rest is one of the largest profit-to-member superannuation funds in Australia by membership, with around 1.9 million members and around $80 billion in funds under management (as of 31 December 2023). Rest was established in 1988 and is open to all Australians. For more information visit www.rest.com.au.