David McKenna Director - Energy and Cleantech Dublin, City Quay +353 01 436 6469

Experience

David joined Grant Thornton in 2013 and is an Associate Director within the Energy and Cleantech Group. He has over 13 years experience working in audit, corporate finance, project finance and renewable energy financing. David is responsible for managing the financial close process for projects with specific focus on renewable energy projects.

Sector Experience

David has advised several renewable energy developers in relation to raising both project finance debt and equity finance. He has also provided support in relation to a number of sell-side transactions involving operational wind farm projects, including the sale of a 54MW wind farm in County Fermanagh which was one of the largest infrastructural transactions on the island of Ireland in 2014. In 2019, David advised on a number of sell-side transactions involving renewable energy projects comprising c. 22MW of installed capacity. in 2020 David advised on the sale of a 14 MW wind farm project to a private equity fund. David has a strong working knowledge of the regulatory system governing the renewable energy sector in Ireland and regularly advises clients in relation to securing the relevant regulatory approvals. David has been involved in several power purchase agreement (PPA) procurement processes on behalf of developers and has a strong understanding of the Integrated- Single Electricity Market (ISEM) and the Renewable Energy Support System (RESS). He has considerable financial modelling experience which includes building financial models for wind farm projects which have been subjected to Lender due diligence.

David’s skills include:

  • financial modelling;
  • project finance;
  • corporate finance;
  • renewable energy markets;
  • financial advisory; and
  • commercial advisory.
Qualifications
  • Qualified accountant and a member of the Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI)
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner.
  • Diploma in taxation from Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI
  • Bachelor of Business Studies from Trinity College Dublin