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Eddie O'Connor

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Eddie is founder and chief executive of Mainstream Renewable Power, a company actively developing more than 10 000MW of wind and solar projects across Europe, North America, South Africa and Chile.

He founded Airtricity in 1997 and was chief executive until 2008. In October 2007 Airtricity North America was sold to E.ON and the remainder of the company was sold to Scottish and Southern Energy in January 2008. The total business was sold for €1.8 billion.

Eddie brought forward the concept of the European Offshore Supergrid, which has gained widespread support and he is a founding member of The Friends of the Supergrid. He was named World Energy Policy Leader by Scientific American magazine and in September 2009, he was presented with the first ever leadership award at the annual Ernst & Young Global Renewable Energy Awards.

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The real cost of renewables

We are at the start of a period of significant investment in renewable energy in South Africa. Renewables will bring many advantages for the country.…

Why we should be investing in renewable energy

As South Africa looks to renew its energy sector, comparisons are often made of how much one source of electricity costs versus another. Carrying out…