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Solar Development Engineer

 Advanced Power is a successful global developer and operator of sophisticated power generation facilities designed to provide responsible and reliable electricity. The company is committed to optimally balancing growth with sustaining environmental compliance and preserving natural resources. Based in Boston, Mass., Advanced Power seeks committed, enthusiastic professionals to join a small entrepreneurial team and support the company’s worldwide growth.

The Opportunity:

Join a growing team dedicated to development and management of energy transition infrastructure, community economic development, corporate social responsibility, safeguarding environmental resources, and sharing in the growth of a highly ethical, competitive, and privately held enterprise.

Responsibilities:

The Solar Development Engineer will be responsible for key technical aspects of solar project development (including associated energy storage components) and execution including management of technical consultants, equipment specifications, financial model technical inputs, permitting support, local utility and roadwork coordination, and all other relevant technical and commercial input required to successfully develop and finance utility-scale solar power projects.  Core duties will include: 

Site Selection and Feasibility Support – Provide recommendations to the Director of Engineering and Construction on the technical feasibility of individual sites contemplated for new development projects, for generating facility sites as well as sites for interconnection facilities;

Technology Assessments – Conduct technical assessments of different OEMs (both related to solar and storage) and provide recommendations to the Director of Engineering and Construction on the type of technologies to use for the project;

Development of Plant Production Models – Work with OEMs, Owner’s Engineers and EPC Contractors to develop plant performance for use in the interconnection process, RFP proposals, permitting and the financial model, using PVSyst modeling platform;

Interconnection Process – Assist in the development of technical inputs in support of a project’s initial Interconnection Request and subsequent studies conducted by the regional ISO;

Infrastructure Requirements Evaluation – Work closely with the Director of Engineering and Construction to determine all feasible options for required project infrastructure, including electrical interconnection, telecommunications, water wells or pipelines, and road/access improvements;

Development of Site Drawings – Develop with the Owner’s Engineer all site and interconnection facility layouts, grading plans, Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plans, elevations and other drawings necessary for project development and permitting;

Permit Support – Provide technical support to the Permitting Manager for all relevant project permits. Track technical permit obligation compliance for technical/construction obligations required pre- and post-financial close;

Management of Consultants – Manage the activities of the Owner’s Engineer and other technical consultants providing support to the project;

Project Finance – Assist in the development of technical inputs to the project financial model, including production estimates, EPC capital costs, operating and maintenance expenses, and operational capital expenditures.  Contract and manage the Independent Engineer (IE) due diligence process in support of financial close; review all iterations of the IE’s report; coordinate IE-Lender correspondence and report comments; and ensure timely delivery of the IE’s report, Use of Work Product Agreements, drawdown validation reviews, and any other IE requirements set forth under the project credit agreements.

Qualifications:

 Additional requirements: 

  • Candidate should have a minimum of 3 years of experience with the development and design of large-scale solar plants
  • Candidate should possess a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from an accredited institution.