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OUR TEAM

Jack Hooper

Jack Hooper

Founder and CEO

Jack is the CEO and founder of GEM Energy, a multiple award winning energy efficiency and renewable energy services provider.

He has a Bachelor in Science (Business & Management) (Hons) and has been involved in the renewable energy sector since 2011. He quickly identified a need for a professional services provider in a market that can be ‘very complex and difficult to navigate’.

Jack founded GEM Energy in Emerald, Queensland in 2013 with the vision of providing integrated turn-key solutions to help organizations combat increasing power prices in regional areas.

Since then, GEM Energy has established itself as one of Australia’s leading renewable energy providers.

Ben Kolle

Ben Kolle

General Manager

Ben has eight years of experience in the energy and solar sector working as a system designer and integrator. At GEM Energy he leads a team of dedicated engineers and industry enthusiasts and successfully manages over 30 residential and five commercial systems simultaneously per month.

Apart from his involvement in many challenging Grid and Off-Grid designs, Ben has worked on developing standalone power solutions for the UN (United Nations) and has also worked with a number of leading renewable energy manufacturers in Germany and Australia.

He is passionate about innovation and optimization in the renewable energy sector and ensures that every GEM Energy Australia customer is getting the best possible technical and financial solution.

Dimitar Iliev

Dimitar Iliev

Electrical Engineer

Dimi has several years of experience in the energy efficiency sector as well as the solar industry. He’s developed several large MW scale projects in Europe and America, not limited to solar. As an Electrical Engineer with a Masters Degree in Solar Energy Engineering he has a unique set of abilities which enables him to thoroughly design and oversee a typical solar and energy efficiency project from initial design, project management and implementation.

He’s been intimately involved in several energy improvement initiatives including Power Factor Correction, Battery Solutions, LED light improvements as well as system demand control and optimization. His experience from Europe, US and now Australia, as well as his educational background make him the perfect candidate for development and execution of any kind of project starting from analysis to implementation.

In October 2016, Dimi won two awards from the CEC for best grid-connected battery-backup project and best grid-connected project over 100 kW.

Aaron Hilton

Aaron Hilton

Business Development Manager for SEQ

Aaron works primarily on commercial projects. He joined our team in early 2016 after working for SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy developer, heading up their Queensland commercial solar division. He has worked in the renewable sector since 2010 and has extensive experience in commercial and residential solar. Aaron will tell you that he is a ‘Greenie’ – and that shows in his passion for what we do.

”Commercial solar is a very exciting space to work in, it’s dynamic and ever-changing. One thing always remains the same though, a commercial project needs to make financial sense before a business will proceed. That is why I have joined the GEM Energy team, they understand better than anyone else how to gear a project to provide the best possible return for the customer.”

Craig Brooks

Craig Brooks

Sales Representative, Regional QLD

Craig joined GEM Energy in early 2015, and has quickly developed industry knowledge well beyond his experience. Craig came to us from his role as a TBS Specialist with Telstra business, and after previously working in management the natural progression was to his own business.

Craig and his wife have been running their own business in Bundaberg for over ten years where he has been responsible for the financial side of things. His understanding of the importance to control operational expenses lets him help other businesses, both small and large, to find energy solutions that save them money from day One.

Craig spends his time working with clients to ensure that they are getting a solution that perfectly suits their needs and in the time frame that works for them.  He stays in contact with his clients not only throughout the process but also after the installation is completed to ensure that the customer is completely satisfied.

Matt Baldwin

Matt Baldwin

Sales Representative, Regional QLD

Matt joined the GEM Energy team as a sales consultant in 2015, after a varied career in mainly community centred fields. It was his stint in the coal-mining industry that drove him to pursue a career in solar, where he would be able to both serve the community, as well as the environment. He works primarily with large businesses in Rockhampton and has been a key part of a 500kW installation for Dobinsons Springs and Suspension.

“I am passionate about my role as a sales consultant with GEM Energy, and always look to give my customers the best outcome possible in their strive to combat ever increasing electricity costs. It has been inspiring to see the giant steps being taken by GEM Energy in their bid to bring cost-effective and green solutions to both individuals and companies alike.”

Matt Wigginton

Matt Wigginton

Mechanical Engineer

Matthew graduated from the University of Queensland in 2012 with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Since then he has earned valuable contracting and consulting experience in Building Services Engineering and Project Management.

Matthew brings a multi-faceted skill set to GEM Energy and is primarily responsible for managing commercial projects.

Michelle Prendergast

Michelle Prendergast

Administration Officer

As you can tell, Michelle is a little nervous about getting in front of the camera so this is the best pic we could get! Michelle is GEM Energy’s Administration and Customer Service Guru. Still based in Emerald, she manages all Residential projects, submits IES and STC (government rebates) applications, orders stock and schedules installs with our installers and customers.

She joined GEM Energy in 2014 after working in Administration positions for 20 years, mainly in the mining industry.

 

Huy Nguyen

Huy Nguyen

Operations Manager

Huy has over 5 years experience within the solar industry and joined the GEM Energy team as Operations Manager. Previously based in Melbourne, he has been employed by some of the largest solar retailers and manufacturers in the country. Having managed both residential and commercial installs in all Australian states, Huy has a strong knowledge of project management and the logistics involved in Solar PV.

Huy prides himself on making the installation process run as smoothly as possible for all involved – the customers, sales staff, logistics team and the installing electricians. With his exceptional communication and organisational skills, Huy is a valued member of the GEM Energy team.

Jake Reesby

Jake Reesby

Sales Representative

Jake is a former paramedic with the Queensland Ambulance service and has moved into the renewable energy industry as he believes this is the best way we can look after the future generations of Australians. Jake has an exceptional ability of being able to relate to his clients and tailor the best solutions that meet their individual needs, and not just sell a product that is on the shelf.

Jake has a strong business acumen and is highly sought after for residential and commercial business sales. He is a valued member of the team at GEM Energy with a positive approach to the projects that he is involved in.

Chris Roulston

Chris Roulston

Sales Representative

Chris is a QUT Alumni, having graduated from a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Marketing. He has a solid understanding of the renewable energy sector and the industries within the solar industry. A key member of the team, Chris has a high commitment to all of his clients, from sales through to install and after sales service. Chris has a strong knowledge of battery technology and how the industry is shifting towards storage solutions. Chris designed and sold the first Tesla Power Wall 2 in Queensland with great success.

Chris is an honest, straight forward and friendly team member of GEM Energy. He always makes his new and existing clients feel like they are a part of the solar movement and backs up their investments with solid advice and financial analysis data.

David Gilles

David Gilles

Sales Engineer

David joined the GEM Energy team in early 2017 after a solid career in sales and engineering. Having completed an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering, David has a passion for sales, engineering and renewable energy. With several years’ experience working within the solar, commercial construction and mechanical services industries, he believes the future is looking good for the Australian renewables sector.

David takes pride in the technical side of residential and commercial solar power sales with a solid understanding of the technology. He is often going above and beyond for his customers to find the best possible outcome:

“Having the knowledge to understand all potential options, will always give the client the best solution”.

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What our customers say about us

The installation was efficient and we were kept informed every step of the way.

Gayle Harper

Mt Isa

This time last year my bill was just over $1,000 and this time it was a measly $128.48 and that included $124.48 solar scheme credit. Thanks everyone at GEM, you have made my life a lot easier 🙂

Margi

Gin Gin

Great honest company I would recommend to anyone.

Bob Greaves

Emerald

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