Africa South Africa
  • Department: Engineering & Analytics
  • Job Location: Cape Town
  • Reporting to: Senior Grid Engineer 
  • Travel Required: Regular national and international travel required

Company Overview: 

Mainstream is a global developer of utility-scale wind and solar assets operating across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Africa.  Our core business is to develop, build and operate renewable energy plants thereby helping to build a sustainable future – globally and locally.

Mainstream Renewable Power South Africa has been awarded a total of 2.1 gigawatts of wind and solar projects under the Government’s renewable energy procurement programme since the first round in 2011.

In Chile, Mainstream owns 1.3GW of fully contracted wind and solar projects in operation, in construction or at late-stage development, due to its unprecedented success in government auctions. In Asia, the company is developing large-scale projects in Vietnam and the Philippines.

In 2021, Mainstream completed a process to find an equity partner to help finance the development and construction of its wind and solar asset pipeline. Our partnership with Aker Horizons enables the Company to strive towards our ambitious targets of securing 5.5 GWs of renewable assets to FC and be IPO ready by 2023. In 2022, an equity partnership with Mitsui strengthened our position and continued our growth trajectory across the world.

Mainstream has raised more than €3.0bn in project finance to date and employs over 500 staff across 11 countries. 

Summary of Role:

As Quality of Supply (QOS) Engineer you will report to the Senior Grid Engineer and will be responsible for resolving QOS issues in order to obtain and maintain grid code compliance for plants. Grid code compliance for the plants will be benchmarked using the Distribution Customer Use Of System Agreement and the Grid Connection Code for Renewable Power Plants (RPPs) Connected to the Electricity Transmission (TS) or the Distribution System (DS) in South Africa. This function will align with the terms of the service level agreement entered into with MAMSA.

What You Will Do:

  • Grid Code Compliance 
    • Download, and analyse QOS data
    • Compile and submit QOS Grid Code compliance reports to the Network Services Provider
  • Investigations 
    • Install QOS meters to collect QOS data
    • Investigate root causes for QOS exceedances
    • Develop solutions to QOS exceedances
  • Performance and Data Analysis 
    • Ensure that regular monitoring and reporting is carried out in line with the applicable Agreements and Grid Code
    • Compile, submit, present and manage all aspects relating to QOS exemption requests
    • Compile and submit monthly plant performance and generation reports

What We Require:

  • A degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent
  • 5 Years of experience in QOS analysis and investigations in an industrial, utility or power generation environment
  • Good knowledge of the South African Grid Code including the Renewables Grid Code
  • Ability to analyse data using excel or python or R
  • Regular national travel and international travel will be required as part of the job (driving licence Code B essential, no criminal record or past infringements, no previous Visa rejections)
  • Have excellent communication, written and people skills
  • Extensive use of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows
  • Fluent in the English language (written and spoken)

Preference will be given to Candidates who have the following Experience: 

  • Understanding of wind turbine/solar PV technologies 
  • Knowledge of wind farm/solar farm design
  • Knowledge of the national HSE and Electrical Standards of South Africa
  • Knowledge of Utility Connections and protection
  • Knowledge of applicable Grid Codes
  • Knowledge of engineering software (AutoCAD, GIS, dynamic simulation software)

Why you really should click that button 👇

We offer you the opportunity to work in a dynamic and entrepreneurial organisation, to be part of a diverse workplace with regards to gender, age and cultural background in the most exciting industry in the world today. You will receive a very competitive total benefits package including an excellent base salary, bonus scheme and share options.

Career development

  • Excellent training (an average 54 hours a year)
  • Secondment and relocation opportunities
  • Career progression (16% promotions across the Group in 2021)

Shared financial success

  • A competitive, industry benchmarked and cost-of-living linked salary, reviewed annually
  • Annual bonus
  • Share options
  • Annual Aguinaldo

Work/life balance

  • WFH in a hybrid working arrangement
  • Annual leave, plus a community or charity workday each year
  • Paid maternity, paternity, adoptive and bereavement leave
  • Allowance for WFH set up

True diversity & inclusion

  • Equal opportunity targets
  • GWEC Women in Wind and Mainstream Women in Renewables programmes
  • You can be you, whatever your gender, colour or sexual orientation

Care for health & wellbeing

  • Complementary health insurance
  • Life, disability and catastrophic cover
  • Free Employee Assistance Program
  • (Employee Wellness Programme)

These are just some of the reasons why we are officially certified as a Great Place to Work.

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