Solar Project Engineer

New york, NY

This role will apply utility-scale project development knowledge and experience to a broad variety of assignments in renewable energy. This position manages solar and wind projects from pre-development to final acceptance. Supervises and directs contractors during planning, estimating, design, installation, start-up, commissioning, turnover, and warranty of assigned projects

  • Utilize performance modeling software to prepare energy production estimates (ie: PVSyst, Helioscope, Openwind, or Windpro)
  • Analyze available meteorological datasets and utilize MCP (Measure-Correlate-Predict) methods to assess project resource characteristics
  • Prepare conceptual project layouts utilizing CAD and GIS software. Optimize layouts to maximize project value
  • Interface with wind turbine and PV module OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) to obtain technical information and stay apprised of technology advancements and trends
  • Conduct site visits to support site evaluation, suitability, and due diligence efforts. Participate in landowner meetings, community outreach events, and monthly construction meetings
  • Support the development and origination agents with all permitting efforts
  • Work with the structured finance team to provide responses to lender and independent engineer due diligence questions throughout the project financing process
  • Interface with the Project Management and Operations teams leading up to and through project commercial operations. Ensure timely and complete transfer of technical responsibilities.
  • Maintain complicated schedules, develop project timelines, and manage people and materials to complete jobs on schedule
  • Manage the development of project plans in advance of project activity ensuring effective execution. Monitors progress to assure compliance with the predetermined execution plan.
  • Prepares or oversees preparation of engineering reports. Utilizes financial and monthly forecasting to manage and contain costs.
  • Support other internal team members with technical input as required, e.g. case studies for marketing; technical information for bids and tenders etc.
  • Perform bids and select reliable subcontractors to provide wiring, device installation, special construction or other services.
  • Independently manage performance of and interaction with local EPC companies ensuring projects are completed on time.
  • Prepares or oversees preparation of progress billings, pursues timely payments from the customer and authorizes payments to material suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Participates in the jobsite final walk-through and manages the completion of all close-out documentation such as "As-Built" drawings and system operating instructions; transfers or excess materials; billings, collections and payments; and all project records.
  • Forecasting and tracking revenue delivery to meet targets
  • Responsible for keeping project administration up to date
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in engineering. Electrical Engineering background is a plus.
  • 2+ years of experience in the Renewable Energy Industry
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
  • Familiarity with energy modeling software (ie: PVSyst, Helioscope, Openwind, or WindPro)
  • Knowledge of meteorological data sources and MCP methods
  • Strong understanding of grid-tied system design
  • Experience installing or project managing of solar and/or wind construction projects and
  • Experience with modeling energy project economics and familiarity with concepts such as NPV, IRR and LCOE

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