Senior HV Project Engineer

United States /
Development – Engineering /
Full-time, remote
Company Overview

Intersect Power is a team of friends driven to preserve our planet for future generations through low-carbon energy and infrastructure solutions. Founded in 2016, the privately held clean energy company develops and owns some of the world’s largest clean energy resources serving customers in retail and wholesale energy markets across North America. The company is redefining the scope of the clean energy industry by enabling new pathways between clean electricity and the broader economy to enable the deep decarbonization of our economy. We are on an aggressive growth trajectory and are staffing key positions.

The Senior HV Project Engineer will lead and be accountable for the HV design/strategy, EPC design coordination for HV & MV, utility interconnection coordination, and support the LMP analysis during the development, financing, and construction phases of the renewable facilities (solar, wind, battery storage, green hydrogen, etc).

Responsibilities

    • Lead and own the HV transmission and substation, MV distribution preliminary designs, and single-line creation of the facility by working with a drafter
    • Manage and own the relationship with the interconnecting utility, leading monthly implementation meetings, RFIs, and all technical design decisions
    • Manage and own the relationship with the HV EPC, working collaboratively on the design, optimization, and review of the facility during the design and construction phases
    • Responsible for development and maintenance of technical specifications, design criteria, standards, and exhibits (EPC technical exhibits, testing protocols, vendor specifications, etc.) to ensure all documentation is comprehensive and maintains a high-quality product
    • Lead and maintain ownership over the entire interconnection process, from application filing to COD, by working with outside consultants
    • Maintain and improve upon the existing engineering tools for design, analysis, and calculation
    • Advise on any HV technical aspects on PPA negotiations
    • Accountable for meeting the offtake requirements with a cost-optimized and constructable solution
    • Aid in EPC RFP and commercial supply agreements to ensure technical requirements are accurately defined and reflected while ensuring lower LCOE
    • Support LMP analysis with generation and transmission assumptions and results review
    • Work towards becoming the HV technical lead for IE diligence and project financing
    • Work cross functionally between development, land, and engineering teams
    • Interface, communicate, and establish relationships with consultant, contractors, vendors, and suppliers
    • Ensure timely and cost-effective resolution to regulatory, permitting, and technical issues associated with the execution and delivery of the facility
    • Ensure the highest level of environmental health and safety standards in all engineering with aspects of the facility

Skills & Knowledge

    • Practical understanding of HV transmission and substation equipment, MV distribution equipment, design/cost trade-offs, metering, relaying, and SCADA/plant controllers
    • Technical background in power system design
    • Manage interconnection study processes, familiar with various studies in process, and conducts reviewing/challenging of the study results
    • Capable of assembling an interconnection application, and building PSS/E and PSLF models
    • Highly organized and effective project management skills
    • Advanced knowledge of PSS/E, PSLF, and/or PowerWorld software or similar tools
    • Advanced knowledge of Excel
    • Practical knowledge of working with EPCs and utilities during the design and construction phases
    • Basic understanding and working knowledge of LMPs
    • Basic understanding of advantages/trade-offs of the different technologies, system design, optimization levers, cost drivers, contracting pitfalls, construction challenges, life cycle use, and challenges

Minimum Experience

    • Minimum of 8 years managing HV work and/or interconnection of utility-scale renewable projects for a developer, or working as a consultant to developers (IE or OE) OR a minimum of 8 years working on EPC HV design or in transmission planning studies
    • Experience creating specifications and designs of HV transmission and substation equipment OR experience contracting or constructing HV transmission and substations
    • Experience taking 10 or more projects through CAISO, ERCOT, or SPP interconnection processes. Preferred experience in two or more markets, and preferred experience in the implementation phase (pre-EPC contract through COD)
    • Experience building or reviewing Interconnection applications and PSS/E and PSLF models of utility-scale renewable facilities to ensure quality and accuracy. Capable of coordinating the scope and studies of other industry used models (PSCAD, ETAP, etc).

Academic Background

    • Minimum BS in Electrical Engineering or Power Systems, Masters degree a plus.
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