Managing Director & Principal Consultant, CAT Projects
Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical)
Lyndon Frearson is the Managing Director and Principal Consultant of CAT Projects and since 2007 he has overseen its development as a leading engineering consultancy providing technical services and advice in power systems engineering and remote area project management to clients throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific.
During his time at CAT Projects, Lyndon has led the design and development of some of the largest renewable energy projects in remote Australia, including ‘Uterne’ (Australia's first utility scale – 1 MW - solar generator); the Ti Tree, Kalkarindji and Lake Nash high penetration grid connect solar power stations; various roof-mounted solar power systems on commercial premises including hotels, airports and community centres; and the Desert Knowledge Australia Solar Centre, a whole-of-system demonstration facility in Alice Springs that has become a resource for the international PV industry. From 2007, Lyndon also led the development of the $42 million Alice Solar City Program. This involved the establishment of technical, governance and funding frameworks for a multi-year participatory community energy program, recruitment of all staff, launch of the public campaign and delivery of technical projects. He also acted as Director of the Bushlight India Project, an AUD $2.6M village electrification project in India which won Australia’s most prestigious engineering award, the Sir William Hudson Award, in 2011.
His more recent work includes leading CAT Projects’ involvement in the Cook Islands Outer Islands Renewable Energy Project, developing 95%-renewable power supplies for eight communities across six islands of the Northern Group; providing technical assistance to the ADB on solar PV minigrid projects in Nepal and the Philippines, and leading a number of multi-megawatt, fully privately financed solar PV projects in Northern Australia.
Prior to his work with CAT Projects, Lyndon held several senior technical management roles with the highly acclaimed Bushlight renewable energy program. This program (managed by the Centre for Appropriate Technology, an Indigenous-controlled NGO, ran for over a decade and installed renewable energy systems into over 150 isolated Indigenous communities throughout the Northern Territory and other parts of remote Australia.
Lyndon provides expert advice on renewable energy policy and development for a number of national and international panels and regularly presents at high-profile conferences and events including most recently, the G20 and APEC conferences. Lyndon is engaged to advise industry and government bodies in Australia and internationally on policy development, strategic planning and development for energy and electrification programs; and provides technical due-diligence services to a number of large private equity firms.
His first hand deployment experience underpins a role in research, especially in the areas of the integration of intermittent generators, including isolated minigrids, and in the wide-scale development of rural electrification and renewable energy programs. This work has included knowledge partnerships with organisations including ARENA, the ADB, CSIRO, NREL, the IEA, and the UNDP.
Lyndon is a qualified electrical engineer, with seven years in heavy industry and automotive manufacturing as a production manager, design engineer and project manager, and over a decade in the energy sector. He was awarded the Young Professional Engineer of the Year Award for the Northern Division 2011 by Engineers Australia.