About us

As experienced renewable energy industry pioneers, we can offer you a wide range of services to suit your needs, from technical design, commercial analysis and project management to specific elements of our large service suite. Tailored to your specific needs.

Kersten Schmidt – Principal Engineer and Project Manager

Kersten, our founder, has worked for some of the biggest as well as smaller, but most relevant businesses in the renewable energy sector undertaking projects from Arnhem Land to Antarctica to Alice Springs to Alaska.

In the late 80’s with conventional energy resources and nuclear power embraced in many countries around the world as a cheap, endless power source, Kersten, had a vision of renewable energy becoming mainstream. He decided to study electrical engineering with renewables as a special focus.

After he had finished his studies in Germany with an equivalent Masters Degree, Kersten moved to Australia.

Here he helped to establish the first few major wind farms in the late 90’s and early 2000’s.

He engineered and project managed some of the landmark turnkey multi MW wind diesel hybrid power stations around Australia and the globe, including in Antarctica.

Kersten then expanded into solar power, developing low cost concentrating solar PV dishes for Solar Systems. Then he was in charge of engineering of some of the biggest solar PV farms in the country with BP Solar (from 10-150MW). He also worked on many commercial size systems and provided support for all kind of residential and commercial grid connected and off-grid systems, including tracking solutions, free-field and roof top installations.

Kersten is a:

  • Professional Electrical Engineer (University of Kassel, Germany)
  • Certified Practising Project Manager by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM)
  • Member of the Australian Solar Council (ASC)
  • Member of the Alternative Technology Association (ATA)

Mark Shakeshaft – Commercial Manager

Mark is a passionate and devoted professional in the renewable energy industry. Over the past 15 Years he has worked across all sectors of the solar market in Australia including:

  • Systems – Design, Installation & Project Management
  • Products – development, import and distribution of on/off grid PV products, systems and solutions
  • Business Development – new markets, start-ups, restructures, partnerships, project development and delivery channels
  • Management – P/L responsibility, governance and risk management, structuring and building high performance, high growth teams in companies of various sizes
  • Government and Industry – State/Federal Government and Industry organisations including CEC, ATA, SEIA, ASI

In addition Mark has had the opportunity to work on a local and international level with a wide range of stakeholders across the PV market including:

  • Telecommunications
  • Utilities
  • Government
  • Corporations
  • SME’s

Art Drayton – Senior Energy Engineer

As an experienced civil engineer, Art has been working for many local government bodies and the private sector in building design and construction.

Art has been passionately interested in conservation and sustainability issues, promoting sustainability practices ever since his parents built their own sustainable home in the late 50’s, including building a scale model and obtaining sun path data from CSIRO that enabled every room to have winter sun but being shaded in summer.

He has been professionally involved in the Sustainability Sector since 2009 working for the Federal Government as a Home Sustainability Assessor as well as being a technical assistant and advisor to the National Association of Building Sustainability Assessors (ABSA). In his spare time, he privately conducted energy audits and undertook monitoring and design of clean energy systems for commercial and domestic markets.

In the solar energy industry, Art has worked for multiple solar energy companies, conducting monitoring, auditing and design of clean energy systems to increase energy efficiency and reduce energy costs.

He has developed and conducted training and workshops in energy efficiency and sustainability for local councils’ sustainability programs as well as for the 100% Ready Program for the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

Art is also the former Secretary of a regional Branch of the Alternative Technology Association (ATA), promoting sustainability in the local community and conducting workshops and discussion groups on sustainability issues.

He has also served as an Ambassador and educator for “Sustainable House Day”.

Our Reach

ENESOL also has access to our trusted network of selected partners, each specialists in their field. This enables ENESOL to offer a complete suite of expert services for you, our valued customer.