Lodestone Energy Announces Key Additions to Leadership Team


Large-scale solar company, Lodestone Energy, welcomes three new members of the management team to strengthen its existing management team.

Tony Nagel, Peter Apperley and Jake Ighile join CFO Chris Jewell of Genesis Energy and Daniel Cunningham of Canadian developer Greengate to complete Lodestone’s management team.

Executive experienced in energy, Tony Nagelwill join the management team as General Counsel and Company Secretary.

Lodestone Energy Managing Director Gary Holden is delighted to welcome Tony to the Lodestone team.

“He has extensive experience in the power industry and has worked closely with corporate boards for over 20 years. Tony’s appointment further strengthens our ability to deliver on our ambitious plans,” said Holden.

Prior to joining Lodestone, Mr. Nagel was a key member of Mercury (and its predecessor Mighty River Power) management in the role of GM Corporate Affairs, with responsibilities including legal, government relations, external communications and company secretary. He was fully involved in the company’s IPO in 2013 and led the company’s rebranding from Mighty River Power to Mercury in 2016.

Mr. Nagel says: “Building large-scale generation projects is the most exciting part of the electricity industry, and Lodestone will build solar farms on a scale never seen in New Zealand. Lodestone has a really exciting future and I’m very excited to be a part of it.”

To bolster the construction and engineering side of the business, Lodestone welcomes Peter Apperley and Jack Ighile to launch its $300 million program to build five solar farms on the North Island.

Peter Apperley joined Lodestone as Managing Director, Engineering. Mr. Apperley’s most recent role was as Global Technologies Leader – Renewables at Jacobs Engineering and was responsible as Senior Energy Project Manager in New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia, Africa and The pacific.

Jake Ighile joins Lodestone from Silicon Ranch, a US subsidiary of Shell Renewables. As Director – Contracts and Procurement, Jake led a team delivering over 560MW of utility scale solar projects through EPC contract services.

“With this skilled group of industry and solar energy experts, Lodestone is well on its way to realizing our vision of accelerating New Zealand’s entry into the solar age,” concludes Mr. Holden.

Lodestone Energy is a private energy company that will develop, own and operate grid-scale solar farms. The company recently announced plans to build five initial solar power plants on its landholdings in the Far North, Northland, Coromandel and Bay of Plenty. The power generation sites will use more than half a million solar panels and integrate renewable energy generation with agricultural operations.

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