Meet the team at BE Solar
A ninth generation Bermudian, he was educated in Bermuda, the UK, Canada and USA (BS Civil Engineering 1976). Alan returned to Bermuda in 1976 to work in the commercial construction business, Burland, Conyers and Marirea Ltd (BCM), as a Project Engineer and became a registered Professional Engineer in 1980. From 1983-1986, he managed and operated a multi-disciplined Engineering and Project Management business.
In 1986, Alan was promoted to Managing Director of BCM, overseeing a broad range of construction businesses in Bermuda and the Caribbean area. The Company was renamed BCM McAlpine in 1995 and Alan has served as President since then. Projects include office buildings, banks, hotels, condominiums, hospitals, schools, power plants and civil engineering works. In the mid 1990’s, he co-led the reorganization of the Group of Companies bringing in Sir Robert McAlpine as a partner. He is also President of Bermuda Engineering Ltd, involved with renewable energy, energy efficiency projects, sustainable design and building, in Bermuda and Prince Edward Island, Canada.
To help support the community, Mr. Burland has served on various boards on the Island, including: Construction Association of Bermuda; Employers Council; Chamber of Commerce; Labour Advisory Council; Bermuda Association of Professional Engineers; Bank of Bermuda Foundation; numerous Technical Education Advisory Committees; Bermuda College; Bermuda Environmental Alliance; Bermuda First; and the Bermuda Sloop Foundation of which he is a Founding Member. Mr. Burland led the Bermuda Sloop technical committee during the design and building phases of Spirit of Bermuda, and served as Chairman for 17 years. Mr. Burland sees good education as the foundation for a sustainable society and he is committed to helping to improve public education in Bermuda. In 2012 he was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his service to the community.
Alan represented Bermuda internationally in Sailing including the 1984 Olympics. In 1983/84, he was named as Bermuda’s Athlete of the Year.
Travis was inspired from a young age by his grandfather to pursue a career in sustainable energy. After attending Florida Institute of Technology to obtain a degree in Ocean Engineering, Travis became an ABYC Certified Master Technician, expanding his knowledge of marine AC/DC electronics, refrigeration and air conditioning systems.
Returning to Bermuda, Travis moved aboard a small schooner where he lived ‘off-grid’ for two years, powered by a wind turbine. In 2009, with energy prices steadily climbing upward, Travis decided it was time to apply his knowledge to provide residents of Bermuda with energy audits and energy efficiency advice, before quickly expanding into solar water heating and solar electricity generation systems.
Travis’s background in ocean engineering and marine systems continue to be reflected in the design and installation of BE Solar’s solar energy systems, which are built tough enough to withstand Bermuda’s harsh maritime climate.
Stuart began to learn the skills he would need for his venture into sustainable energy at the age of 14, when he worked as an apprentice and journeyman in the electrical, plumbing and masonry fields. After obtaining a degree in Business Administration at York University in Toronto, Stuart was selected to become an intern at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, California.
While living at the Institute, considered by many as the birth place of the American solar industry, Stuart gained real-world experience of energy conservation and efficiency, solar water heating and solar electricity generation technologies, while teaching part-time. Stuart also worked for a leading solar electric company, Real Goods Solar, where he installed a range of grid-tied and battery based solar electricity generation systems.
Upon returning to Bermuda in 2010, Stuart quickly set about installing a solar electricity generation system on his family home, the last step in obtaining the industry-honoured NABCEP photovoltaic installer certification. After establishing his own energy efficiency and solar business, EMPower, Stuart discovered he shared the same passion and business ethic with BE Solar and chose to partner with the company and has since helped to design and install hundreds of solar energy systems across Bermuda and overseas.
Clare grew up in Bermuda and was educated in Bermuda, the UK and US, obtaining her BA Cum Laude at Connecticut College with distinction in her major field, anthropology. Clare is well adept at logistics and project management, has a talent for navigating the complexities of differing regulatory environments and is accomplished at client and business partner relations.
Clare worked in the reinsurance field for many years, firstly in Bermuda in the captive industry and then London for CT Bowring as a Lloyd's placing broker. She subsequently moved to Burgundy, France with Butterfield and Robinson Travel for five years, ultimately as Director of European Operations. She then moved to Bulgaria for a year where she consulted on a joint privatisation project with Arthur Andersen and the Bulgarian government Ministry of Tourism.
Clare returned to Bermuda in 1993 when she married Martin and spent seventeen years at home as Director of Family Life before joining Bermuda Engineering in 2011 where her biggest role is at the Planning Desk.
Clare describes herself as a tenacious sage who brings a breadth of experience to BE and a fervent commitment to energy conservation and sustainability.
Stratton holds a BFA in Industrial Design and completed his studies at the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2009. While in college he focused his studies on sustainable design and worked to develop a series of prototypes and concepts featuring renewable energy and efficiency measures.
He returned to Bermuda in 2009 and began work as a sales consultant with Air Care Ltd. where he was specifically responsible for prospecting and recruiting maintenance sales. While in the organisation he excelled and was recognised for breaking sales goals and significantly increasing the companies revenue base. He also chaired a young employees committee and implemented an updated customer service initiative program while working for the company.
While living in Bermuda, Stratton has been appointed as an advisory member of the Bermuda Government Sustainable Development Roundtable. He has volunteered to produce and showcase educational public service announcements about sustainability in Bermuda and has worked with other organisations to promote a more environmentally conscious community.
He is currently the Director of Strativist, a multidisciplinary design strategy firm and is solely partnered with BE Solar to focus on developing and implementing sales and marketing initiatives for the company. His passion for Bermuda and sustainability is a true testament to his character and interest in working with the dynamic young team at BE Solar.
From a strong academic background in physics and chemistry Phil then followed his passion for the ocean to obtain a BSc in Marine Navigation from Plymouth University in the UK. Phil first learnt and refined many of his skills in boatbuilding and the marine industry before diversifying into other areas.
Phil gained first-hand experience of what can be achieved with energy efficiency and solar power from living and traveling aboard a yacht for over 5 years on which he designed and built the highly efficient electrical distribution, storage and generation system powered by wind turbine and solar photovoltaic technology.
In 2012 Phil first started working for BE Solar and has since gained much further experience in energy efficiency, solar water heating, and solar electricity generation on residential and commercial properties across the island. He is currently leading BE Solar's excellent team of Solar Installers helping to make solar power a reality for an ever increasing number of Bermuda’s residents.
Jared graduated from Atlanta Technical College in 2009 with a Network Specialist Diploma. Soon after graduating he returned to Bermuda and got involved in the TLF (Technology Leadership Forum) program where I expanded my knowledge in IT and developed relationships with some of Bermuda’s top IT professionals.
He graduated from the program in 2010 and continues to be involved as an alumni, whether it’s helping at events, giving advice to new students or getting together with fellow alumni. I began working for Bermuda Government in the summer of 2010 as Technical Support Officer where I became involved in many IT related projects.
He joined BE Solar in March of 2015 and is excited about the relationship between technology and sustainable energy. He believes that both technology with sustainable energy can produce a more stable future.
In 2010 Tre was awarded with the Teen Services Outstanding Teen Award and has also received several sports awards throughout his life. From a young age Tre has been very involved in our National sports as a footballer and cricketer for his home teams and received the title of Youngest Cup Match Player for St. George’s Cricket Team in 2006. For the past 6 years Tre has been a member of Bermuda’s U-19 National Cricket Team and has been acclaimed by his coach as a team player of excellent character and a hard working individual.
Tre brings all of these traits to BE Solar, which he joined in early 2011 as a field apprentice, learning first-hand the fundamentals of solar energy installations. With an eye for details, Tre is working toward a challenging, rewarding and inspiring career in renewable energy and is an indispensable member of the BE Solar team.
Joshun started to work as an electrician apprentice at the age of 16. After working in the field for four years he became a certified electrician with the help of the National Training board through Bermuda College. Once he became a certified electrician Joshun started to build up his own cliental and started to work for himself.
Joshun always had a passion for energy conservation and would try to inform his customers of ways they could be more efficient in their homes. After a few years of mastering his trade as an electrician, Joshun was hired by BE Solar in June 2015 and is currently working on obtaining his NABCEP photovoltaic installer certification.