Mainstream Renewable Power is currently recruiting for an Energy Analysis Manager Chile to support Mainstream’s solar and wind energy development in Chile. The successful candidate will be based in our Santiago office and will be part of the global Energy Analysis Group.  This position requires a highly numerate and computer-literate candidate with a proven track-record in energy analysis and excellent communication skills.

Key Responsabilities

  • Production of internal wind/solar resource and Energy Production Estimates with the highest possible accuracy and lowest possible uncertainty. These are delivered in accordance with required project timelines and internal technical standards.
  • Management and review of third party energy production reports and site conditions reports.
  • Ensure that Mainstream receives optimal service from energy analysis consultants, as well as equipment and data suppliers.
  • Engineering judgement on final energy production number.
  • Wind farm turbine layout and solar farm design and energy optimisation.
  • Design of optimal site-specific measurement campaigns for wind and solar sites, including cost/benefit assessments of different technologies.
  • Overseeing installation, maintenance and decommissioning of temporary meteorological masts, remote sensing units, and solar measurement stations. Management of Health and Safety for these activities in conjunction with Mainstream’s H&S department.
  • Overseeing the collection and quality control of meteorological data to ensure maximum data coverage and minimum uncertainty.
  • Ensuring meteorological station contractors comply with relevant safety and technical requirements.
  • Liaising with turbine suppliers regarding turbine suitability and solar equipment suppliers regarding technology options.
  • Review power curve and power performance warranty.
  • Communication of site-specific energy production and site condition risks to project teams. Ensure that resource risks are fully understood by the business.
  • Conduct presentations to investors for specific projects.
  • Reviewing of data, energy production reports and site conditions reports of potential acquisition sites.
  • Contribution to the Energy Analysis Group’s research and development, including development and continuous improvement of standards, tools and procedures in use in the EAG for conducting internal solar and wind energy estimates. Decision making on best solar and wind analysis methodology to use in conjunction with Mainstream’s procurement team.
  • Management of a small team of EAG staff including quality control of work performed, performance reviews, training, professional development, and recruitment.
  • Interaction with Mainstream’s internal departments including development, engineering, procurement, construction, operations and commercial teams.

The above tasks will be carried out following the Energy Analysis Group’s standards.

The successful candidate will also play a key role in the development of solar and wind procedures and standards within the Energy Analysis Group.  They will be involved with ensuring that the Energy Analysis Group keeps up to date with industry best practice resource assessment techniques for established and evolving renewable energy technologies.

Knowledge and Skills

  • Graduate with an honours engineering or physical science degree as a minimum.
  • This role requires a minimum of 5 years of pre-construction Energy Analysis experience; applicant will have been author on over 30 completed energy assessments, across a range of markets. Experience in both wind and solar an advantage.
  • Operational wind farm analysis experience an advantage.
  • Experience working for a lenders’ advisor, OEM supplier, developer, or operator of wind and/or solar projects.
  • Excellent communication skills, a strong mathematical and analysis background, and the ability to communicate technical issues to non-technical colleagues are essential.
  • Highly analytical with attention to detail and ability to exercise engineering judgement.
  • Programming with Python and experience with PANDAS for Python.
  • Experience in MS Office especially Excel.
  • Experience in the use of WAsP, WindFarmer, AWS Openwind, or WindSim. PVsyst or other related solar resource assessment software.
  • Experience with non-linear wind flow models is an advantage.
  • Exposure to turbine or solar panel supply contracts an advantage.
  • Experience managing more junior technical staff.
  • Excellent verbal and written Spanish and English.
  • Willingness to travel to sites which are generally in remote areas.
  • Full clean driving licence.
  • Motivated and self-starter attitude essential.
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