Rob Forrest is the owner and Chief Executive of GreenPower. He established the GreenPower group in 2000; prior to this he ran a consultancy business which provided services to the wind, hydro and solar industries. Rob has worked in renewable energy since 1985 and his experience covers projects across Europe, the USA and South America.
In 1999 Rob was a founding director of Scottish Renewables and its first Chief Executive. In 2016 Rob returned to the board and in 2018 was elected Chair. He also served on various government and industry bodies, including the Scottish Government’s ministerial advisory group, the ‘Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland’; as a director of the Scottish Energy Industries Group; and was founding secretary of the Scottish Parliaments ‘Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Group’ (SPREEE).
GreenPower has consented over £350m worth of renewable energy projects and currently owns and operates wind and hydro assets. GreenPower’s projects have ranged from single wind turbine developments and sub-MW run of river hydro to the 68 turbine Griffin Wind Farm in Perthshire. GreenPower continues to develop new greenfield sites, acquires developed projects and provides construction and operational management services.
Outside of work, Rob is a keen follower of cycle racing, having raced in his twenties, and rides his mountain bike, as often as he can (which is never enough). He enjoys spending time with his family, travelling and is also a keen hill walker.