Solar Choice

Management Team

Angus Gemmell, Managing DirectorAngus Gemmell - Managing Director

Angus founded Solar Choice Pty Ltd in 2008 with the objective of providing Australian solar energy consumers with market transparency, and the tools to make well informed comparisons. He set about building a nationwide network of over 100 leading installers, and designed Solar Choice's patented quote comparison software and innovative Commercial Tender Management Platform that has now served over 90,000 Australian homes and businesses. In 2010 Angus expanded the business to the UK as Solar Selections. He also now acts as developer of a number of very large scale solar farms across the National Electricity Market.

Prior to founding Solar Choice, Angus graduated with a law degree from UNSW, and later achieved the highest score in the NSW Bar Exams before practicing as a barrister in Sydney for seven years. He acted in a number of high profile defamation cases against Channel 7 and The Bulletin magazine, as well as for federal political figures. He is an avid adventurer, a former recipient with friends of “Australia’s Young Adventurer of the Year Award” by Australian Geographic, and has embarked on numerous expeditions including a six week solo kayak journey down a remote river in Mongolia, white water kayaking expeditions in Venezuela and Norway, and a month long expedition up Africa’s Congo River in 2007 to track and film a rare species of Great Ape called the bonobo. Angus has had a long standing passion for the study and conservation of bonobos, and is the co-founder of the Bonobo Conservation Initiative (Aust). He married the gorgeous Libby Munro in 2013!

Matt LasauceMatt Lasauce - Installer Network Manager

Matt started Solar Choice in 2010, since then advancing to the rank of Senior Broker, as well as now holding his key title role of Installer Network Manager.

As Installer Network Manager, developing and managing new and existing installers on Solar Choice's large and diverse network is crucial to keeping clients happy. This position requires working with multiple organisations across Australia to ensure their offerings in relation to product and price are kept up-to-date as well as an in-depth knowledge of each business to help provide solutions to their financial goals by providing tips on marketing strategies.

Matt holds a National Diploma in Communications, Electronics and Computing and held team leader positions back in his native UK with some of the leading providers of business process management service solutions. These high-level customer interaction roles have helped Matt develop some of Solar Choice’s small facilitated residential jobs as well as large-scale commercial jobs.

In his spare time he is a keen footballer as well as an avid watcher of all sports.

Yang GuoYang Guo - PV Engineer and Commercial Energy Analyst

BEng. Electronic Science and Technology (CUMT, Xuzhou, China); MEng. Photovoltaics and Solar energy (UNSW); Master of Technology and Innovation Management (UNSW)

Yang is uniquely qualified to work as Solar Choice’s in-house engineer and business case analyst, having completed his Masters in Photovoltaic Engineering at UNSW as well as an accounting major in a second Masters of Technology and Innovation Management (also at UNSW). Prior to living in Australia he completed a bachelor of electronics engineering at the China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT).

His wholistic knowledge of solar PV allows him to integrate a strong understanding of technological considerations with the spectrum of business and financial models, from commercial projects through to large-scale solar farms.

In his personal life, Yang is an avid photographer and a fan of science fiction. He also plays tennis regularly and has also picked up hiking as a hobby since moving to Australia.

Dave BorgogniDave Borgogni - Accounts Manager

David joined the Solar Choice team in 2009, after completing his bachelor degree in Commerce Finance at Macquarie University.

As the head of the accounts department, he holds the responsibility of keeping all the various supplier accounts in order, ensuring the financial aspects of the business run smoothly on a daily basis, keeping a close eye on all financial accounting matters.

As the longest standing employee of Solar Choice, having now been with the team for 4 and half years, he considers himself a core team member who enjoys working beside his collegues in the relaxed office environment. David has a passion for all sports and the great outdoors in general and considers himself an avid traveler.

James MartinJames Martin - Analyst and Online Development Manager

James came on board with Solar Choice in 2010 as a contributor to the company's blog and in 2011 assumed the role of Analyst and Online Development Manager. Whilst continuing to write for Solar Choice's blog, James also oversees all of Solar Choice's online communications, search engine optimisation & other online development efforts. He is responsible for composing Solar Choice's monthly Solar PV Price Index articles.

James holds a Master's degree in Environmental Management from the University of New South Wales. and an undergrad degree in philosophy from Bridgewater State University in his native Massachusetts. He has a keen interest in developments in the renewable energy field, with a focus on distributed solar and energy storage.

Catherine Smith - National Residential Sales Manager

Catherine joined Solar Choice in April 2012 and quickly developed strong familiarity with all aspects of Solar Choice's interactions with residential consumers​. ​Having developed over the years a thorough knowledge of Solar Choice's ​quote comparison platform, she now ​manages all of Solar Choice's daily operations ​across the residential ​market.

Cat holds a Cert 3 in Business as well as a diploma in hospitality. She has extensive experience in customer service roles in the UK.

Originally from England, she spent 2010 travelling across Australia and loved it so much that she decided to move here the following year.

Brett Hays - Commercial Tenders Developer

In his role as Commercial Tenders Developer, Brett is responsible for further expanding Solar Choice's extensive portfolio of commercial project tenders by leveraging our prominence and within a range of industries including agriculture, mining, clubs, education, retail, engineering, and manufacturing.

Brett has worked in human resources, solar retail and solar wholesale. His last position before Solar Choice was as an internal accounts manager with national solar wholesaler RFI. He holds a degree in history from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Hailing from California, Brett played water polo in the national league, and has also played and coached in Australia. He currently resides in Manly, where he has taken a keen interest in surfing.

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