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Interconnection & Transmission Director

Company: BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC / Americas
Location: Irvine
Posted on: March 26, 2020

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Title:--Interconnection & Transmission DirectorOverview: BayWa r.e. Solar Projects LLC is seeking a highly motivated interconnection & transmission planning professional to join our team in the role of Interconnection & Transmission Director. Candidates must be able to apply their knowledge of interconnection rules and transmission system analysis, criteria, policy, and regulation in order to manage the interconnection process for utility-scale renewable energy projects. Candidate will be expected to develop technical modeling data, diagnose transmission study results, identify key risks and opportunities, and create positive change through advocacy and, when necessary, litigation.The team's work on generation interconnection represents a critical and highly competitive aspect of renewable energy development and the team's recommendations support key project investment decisions for the company across the Americas. Candidates must have strong written and verbal communication skills in order to provide accurate and timely feedback to the team and to build relationships with utilities and ISO/RTOs that lead to improved policies and project results.About BayWa:--BayWa r.e. Solar Projects is a global partner in the planning, funding, construction and operations management of utility scale solar projects. We deliver renewable energy solutions worldwide, and have brought over 3 GW of energy online, while managing over 8 GW of assets. Part of the ---16 billion BayWa Group, every day we are working hard to find new solutions, push technological boundaries, and actively shape the future of energy. BayWa r.e. Solar Projects, LLC based in Irvine, CA is responsible for the group's North American activities in the solar and storage sectors and has over 4 GW of project pipeline in the U.S. and Mexico.--Responsibilities:Support origination and project development teams from site selection through operation.Determine optimum strategy for interconnecting the project to the electric grid based on system impact assessments and market delivery options. Use analytical tools and methods to determine optimum plan for interconnection. Leverage knowledge of tariffs, transmission agreements, and transmission policies to evaluate and recommend project strategies and opportunities.Assess actual grid capacity in a region by reviewing and verifying technical studies performed by transmission providers and communicate and negotiate with regional transmission providers to develop the most efficient and cost-effective plan for integrating the project into the electric power grid.Coordinate the development of necessary modeling data with multi-disciplinary team for generation interconnection technical studies for submission to Utilities.Participate in several committees including technical and policy based to advocate for and influence the decisions which are favorable for renewable energy projects.Perform transmission planning engineering studies and related functions. Work with commercial and development teams that collectively cover various US and Mexico regional transmission areas including SPP, PJM, MISO, ERCOT, NYISO, ISO-NE, and CAISO, as well as non-ISO/RTO providers, as necessary.Perform all computer modeling necessary to conduct power flow and stability studies in support of Business Development opportunities and evaluation.Utilize a team approach to ensure consistent and thorough analysis in transmission planning studies and analysis.Incorporate innovative thinking into the development of comprehensive solutions.Run due diligence on interconnection process for late stage projects to adequately estimate timing and cost impacts, and provide guidance to origination, development engineering, and finance.Perform complete due diligence on interconnection and curtailment issues for potential acquisition projects.Document study findings and prepare and defend recommendationsPrepare and/or be a key contributor in developing project proposals.When necessary, manage engineering consultants' work required to augment or complement various aspects of the projects.Work in a project team environment interacting with individuals with various technical specialties and industry experience.Fulfill a lead technical role to help ensure we are pursuing the best potential projects in a very timely manner.Resolve technical issues that may arise in different phases of a project development.Qualifications:4+ years of relevant work experience in transmission planning, preferably with exposure to generation interconnection studies and processes.Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from an accredited engineering school required. Emphasis on power systems strongly preferred.Master's degree focused on power systems and/or Master of Business Administration Degree are beneficial.Experience in power flow required; short circuit and transient stability analyses experience strongly preferred. PSS/E, MUST, TARA, ASPEN and/or PowerWorld experience is a plus.Proficiency in Microsoft office and mobile software applications.Must be passionate about the growth of sustainable energy technologies and advancements.Creative problem-solving mindset with constant self-initiative to improve projects.Ability to tackle complex problems with many unknown variables and use data and research to make recommendations on key business decisionsAbility to work in a fast-paced environment with a competitive mindset.Excellent work ethic, flexibility, teamwork and continuous improvement.Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and through written documents is essential.Ability to prioritize work on multiple projects at one time and participate as a team member.Demonstrate a high level of personal initiativeAbility to interact with company personnel, external engineering firms, regulatory representatives, and ISO/RTOs representatives in a positive, team building manner.Knowledge of tariffs, specifically interconnection procedures, strongly preferred.Knowledge of transmission planning standards and criteria of NERC and one or more Regional EntitiesExperience participating in RTO/ISO regions' working groups.Knowledge of power systems: Protection system operation and reliability philosophy, Utility system practices, Three-phase power system theory/operation both static and dynamic, Short circuit theory/application, Motor generation theory/application, Reactive compensation theory, Substation configuration/construction/maintenance techniques, Transmission line configurations/design/maintenance techniques, Outage planning, and Congestion philosophy and analysis.Familiarity with ANSI standards, NESC, and IEEE standards is a plus.

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