Global wind and solar company, Mainstream Renewable Power, has appointed Andy Kinsella as Chief Operating Officer. Andy joined Mainstream as an Executive Director on the formation of the company in 2008 and is also a member of the company’s Board of Directors.
Andy has been Chief Executive Officer for Mainstream’s successful offshore business with responsibility for bringing forward just under 8,000 megawatts of offshore wind projects in England, Scotland and Germany for which it has secured 4,450 megawatts of grid connections for these offshore projects.
Commenting on the appointment, Mainstream’s CEO Eddie O’Connor said: “I am delighted to appoint Andy as our Chief Operations Officer at this high-growth stage of Mainstream’s global expansion programme. Andy has an exceptional track record in the global energy business and has successfully led our offshore business over the past number of years. In his new role, Andy will lead the day to day activities of Mainstream’s international operations across four continents. We have hundreds of megawatts of wind and solar projects in construction and operation in Ireland, Canada, Chile and South Africa and are preparing to put hundreds more megawatts of onshore and offshore projects through financial close and into construction over the coming months.”
Andy has been involved in the global electricity sector since the mid 1980’s. He is an Electrical Engineer and a graduate of Harvard Business School.
Before joining Mainstream, Andy was a member of ESB Power Generation’s Senior Management Team from which he resigned as Head of Strategy and Sustainability. Prior to this, Andy was an Executive Director of ESB International where he had operational responsibility for over 1000 staff and 5200MW of IPPs in ESB International’s global engineering & facility management businesses.
Andy previously served as a member of the Management Board of Siemens Ireland where he had operational responsibility for Siemens Power Generation, Transmission & Distribution, Transportation and Industry businesses in Ireland. He also spent five years with GE as a Project Director delivering large scale capital projects internationally in North America, the Middle East and Asia.