Entura appoints new Director of Grid and Power
July 28, 2021
Entura has appointed Mr Pradip Verma as the new Director of Grid and Power, based in Hobart, Tasmania.
Pradip joins the business with more than 40 years of experience in the power sector, having previously worked for Transend Networks and the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority (trading as Solomon Power) in the Pacific.
“Pradip is very well regarded in the grid and power industry for his leadership capabilities and we are delighted to welcome him to Entura,” said Entura’s Managing Director, Tammy Chu.
Pradip’s experience and knowledge is wide-ranging, having worked across tariff setting, regulation, operations and maintenance, renewables, contracts, capital projects, telecommunications, engineering, environment and safety in the electricity utility industry in India, Algeria, Bahrain Australia and Solomon Islands.
“I am very pleased and excited to join one of the world’s leading power and water consulting firms,” said Pradip. “I’m looking forward to applying my skills and experience to support the renewable energy transition across Australia.”
Pradip spent over 6 years as Solomon Power’s Chief Executive Officer prior to joining Entura. During that time, he was involved in increasing electrification of the Pacific Island nation, introducing renewable energy in Honiara and two small islands, and negotiated and executed a power purchase agreement for a 15 MW hydro scheme. He was also instrumental in setting a plan to double the customer base by 2023 and in increasing Solomon Islands’ renewable energy generation from 3 per cent currently to more than 80 per cent by 2025.
He holds a Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering from India’s Birla Institute of Technology and Science and a Master of Technology Management from Deakin University.
Entura is one of the leading consultants in dispatchable renewables in Australia and the Indo-Pacific region, with significant experience in utility-scale hydropower, solar and wind farms, energy storage and grid connection. We have been working with clients around Australia and beyond for decades, and have recently delivered a range of services on solar projects such as Wemen, Jemalong and Manildra solar farms; wind projects including Cattle Hill and Granville Harbour wind farms; and hybrid renewable energy projects such as the Ross Island Energy Network and the Agnew Hybrid Energy Project.