Director of Transmission Services and Interconnection

STRATA SOLAR - Chapel Hill, NC3.5

Full-timeEstimated: $130,000 - $190,000 a year
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About Us
Strata Solar is a national leading developer of commercial and utility-scale solar farms ranked amongst the top five solar producers in the US. We understand that our employees are the lifeblood of the company. We strive to align company goals with those of our employees. We're constantly innovating to make a difference for our customers, our employees, and our planet. Our mission is to make a difference by developing cost-efficient alternatives to traditional energy sources, without long-term dependence on government subsidies. We’re leading the industry in sustainable energy careers. We hope you’ll join us.

We will be moving our headquarters from Chapel Hill, NC to Durham, NC in early 2019!

Overview
Summary: The Director of Transmission Services and Interconnection is responsible for the strategic transmission assessment and management of the interconnection process in target markets across the US. This position is critical for execution of the company’s development initiatives, and will be responsible for new market analyses and transmission related topics including (but not limited to) tariffs, planning, accessibility and overall interconnection process. The Director of Transmission Services and Interconnection will identify, hire, and manage consultants and other subject matter experts as needed to execute the company’s development strategy.

Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
New market planning and analysis

Develop and update strategic and tactical plans for new markets working with project development and origination
Manage (internally or externally) nodal market analysis for applicable markets
Provide tariff, planning, accessibility and overall interconnection process assessment for new markets
Identify, contract and manage consultants as necessary

Project Development and Siting

Evaluate utility system loading (e.g., deliverability, congestion) and potential interconnection costs to support siting of new development projects
Evaluate interconnection and gen-tie alternatives; participate in processes to optimize project interconnection options based on cost, schedule, off take preference and risk
Support PPA, financing and project sale processes including providing information on the interconnection agreements and articulating the project’s specific interconnection related attributes

Management of the Interconnection Process

Lead the interconnection process and negotiations for new development projects from siting to execution including interconnection agreements, affected systems and engineering agreements
Perform (internally or externally) power flow simulation analysis to forecast future system conditions to support siting, IA, PPA, financing and sale process
Develop commercial arrangements to optimize project cost, schedule and risk
Identify, contract and manage consultants as necessary to support the interconnection process including application deliverables in addition to engineering review of utility schedules and cost estimate
Recruit, hire and supervise transmission/interconnection staff
Establish working relationships with utilities, ISOs and industry representatives in key markets
Act as main advisor and liaison with senior management on interconnection issues and policies related to project development risk and opportunities

Due Diligence for existing development projects

Conduct/supervise due-diligence review of potential project and portfolio acquisitions and related commercial transactions related to the interconnection and transmission risk, and provide recommendations to the acquisition team

Policy Administration

Represent the Company and maintain productive relationships with key utilities, ISOs, industry groups, regulators and other stakeholders on issues related to transmission and interconnection
Review utility transmission planning reports and present findings to the Company team
Evaluate and provide recommendations on the impact of new and proposed transmission/interconnection related legislation and regulations that could impact Candela and/or the utility scale solar industry

Supervisory Responsibilities: Defined by business needs.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment: Work is performed in an office environment and in the field. Must be able to sit, stand, bend, twist and lift up to 20 pounds. At least 25% domestic travel is required annually

Qualifications

Education and/or Work Experience Requirements:
A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering is required with a desired emphasis on power systems.
A Masters’ degree in Engineering, Energy Policy, or Business is preferred.
A minimum of 8-10 years’ experience in transmission planning and power generation interconnections. Utility planning and project siting experience is strongly preferred.
Proficient in transmission system planning and grid operation topics
Expert knowledge of generation interconnection tariffs, interconnection agreements and requirements in one or more key markets, including a strong knowledge of the process from the initial interconnection request through utility operations
Detailed knowledge of power flow modeling and results
Ability to establish strong working relationships with utilities, ISOs and industry representatives
Exceptional public speaking, presentation skills, and the ability to explain and communicate complex technical topics and writing of technical reports
Strong collaboration and problem-solving skills, capable of applying advanced engineering principles to identify and solve complex issues
Outstanding project, people management, and negotiation skills
High-energy, positive attitude with ability to receive constructive feedback

No third party solicitations will be accepted for this or any other Strata Solar position.

Strata Solar is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Strata Solar is an equal employment and affirmative action employer whereby we do not engage in practices that discriminate against any person employed or seeking employment based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information or any other status or characteristic protected under applicable law.