Africa South Africa

Company Overview 

Mainstream Renewable Power is the leading independent developer of utility-scale wind and solar power plants. The company is focused on delivering a high-quality portfolio of more than seven gigawatts of wind and solar assets across high-growth markets in Latin America, Africa and Asia.  

In South Africa, Mainstream has been awarded a total of 2122 megawatts of wind and solar projects under the Government’s renewable energy procurement programme since the first round in 2011, making it the country’s most successful independent renewable energy developer.  The company is currently operating 610MW of wind farm projects. Mainstream Asset Management South Africa (MAMSA) manages the Governance, Compliance, Operations & Maintenance and Financial aspects of operational assets in South Africa. 

Mainstream has recently been acquired by Aker Horizon’s (75%) with objective to accelerate the growth of Mainstream into a renewable energy major over the next decade. Mainstream will develop, own and operate utility scale renewable energy plant. 

Summary of Role:
A Junior Energy Analyst based in Cape Town will be focused on South African market and supports
emerging markets in the Africa region. The position does not require previous experience in wind or
solar analysis or software. The position is supported by the central Energy Analysis Group (EAG) staff
and works closely with Development, Procurement and Commercial teams. The role location is in
Cape Town.

Main responsibilities will include, but not limited to:
- Perform wind and solarPV green-fielding analysis.
- Perform and compile Energy Production Estimate reports.
- Design and optimise wind farm and solar farm layouts using commercial design codes.
- Assisting with new Measurement Campaign design and executions.
- Housekeeping of local repositories of Energy Analysis deliverables.
- Liaising with affiliated Contractors, Mainstream’s Project Managers, Finance, and SHEQ
(Safety, Health, Environmental, and Quality) departments.
- Draft and manage Request for Proposals, Quotations, and 3rd Party accounts.
- Apply research and innovation to meet data recovery targets.

What you will do?
• Design of optimal site-specific measurement campaigns for wind and solar sites, including
cost/benefit assessments of different technologies.
• Wind farm turbine layout design and solar farm design.
• Overseeing installation, on-site validation, maintenance and decommissioning of temporary
meteorological stations (including LiDAR units). Management of Health and Safety for these
• Analysis and reporting of site measurements including meteorological masts and remote
sensing devices.
• Overseeing the collection and quality control of meteorological data to ensure maximum
data coverage.
• 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.
• Management and review of third party energy production reports, ensuring optimal service
from suppliers. This include both, pre-construction and operational assessments.
• Liaising with turbine suppliers regarding turbine suitability and solar equipment suppliers
regarding technology options.
• Communication of site-specific energy production and site condition risks to project teams.
• Reviewing of data, energy production reports and site conditions reports for potential
acquisition sites.

What we require?
• This does not require previous experience in wind or solar analysis.
• 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/software development experience an advantage. Ideally experienced with
SQL, Python, PANDAS.
• Data science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence basic knowledge an advantage.
• Knowledge of web servers and automation an advantage. Ideally able to put a web
interface to internal tools.
• Advanced Microsoft Office skills required.
• Experience in the use of WAsP, WindFarmer, AWS Openwind Enterprise, PVsyst, Homer or
other related wind/solar resource assessment software is an advantage.
• Fluency in English. Other languages are an advantage.
• Graduate with an honours engineering or physical science degree as a minimum. Masters
or PhD qualification an advantage.
• Self-starter with an inquisitive nature.
• Willingness to learn and get involved in international projects.
Full clean driving licence.

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
  • Salary contribution to your pension fund

Work/life balance

  • WFH in a hybrid working arrangement
  • Generous annual leave, plus a community or charity work day 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 

  • Generous health insurance subsidy
  • Income protection insurance 
  • Life cover 
  • Free Employee Assistance Program
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