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Solar Development Team – Project Engineer
Location: 600 Canal Place, Richmond, VA
Schedule: The work schedule will be 5, 10 hour days = 50/hrs per week. Overtime does apply for anything over 40hrs.
What is the preferred candidate location (local, non-local, remote?) and is there flexibility? The work will start remote and as office work resumes (targeted time frame is July 1st) the team will have a blended schedule of onsite work and remote work. The blended schedule will be 1 week in the office, 3 weeks remote. Contractors are eligible for per diem on the weeks that they are in the office (if they require travel to Richmond, VA). There may be some travel in addition to onsite once per month dependent on project needs. Travel costs will be covered and arranged prior to travel.
Top Required Skills
1. Engineering degree; Environmental/Civil preferred
2. Knowledge of utility scale solar
3. Ability to work independently on multiple projects simultaneously
4. Demonstrated experience with reading and writing technical/construction specifications
The Development Project Engineer has a focus on site development and design. Candidate should have experience and knowledge of the following:
- Environmental studies, including:
-Stream and Wetlands delineation
-Rare, Threatened and Endangered species habitat and population surveys
-Phase 1 ESA
-Cultural, Archaeological, and Historical surveys
- Civil Surveys and Design, including:
- Topography Evaluation
- Boundary and ALTA Surveys
- Geotechnical and Pile Load Testing
- Grading, Stormwater, and Erosion and Sediment Control
- Solar Site Conceptual Design, including:
- Site Plan for Zoning Permitting
- Preliminary Array Layout
- Buffers and Setbacks
- Easements and Right-Of-Ways
• High Level Project Overview:
o The client is increasing its annual installed solar generating capacity from about 300MWac to 1,000MWac per year. The Project Construction organization includes creating new natural & renewable gas and electric generating assets including nuclear, wind, solar, and gas turbine. The solar group is organized into several sequential teams; Development, Diligence, Pre-Construction, Execution, and Close-Out.
The Development Team oversees greenfield solar projects being developed by the client sufficiently for the project to be ready for competitive EPC Bidding. The Diligence Team oversees the EPC bidding process, capital budgeting, corporate governance, and EPC contract negotiation through execution. The Pre-Construction Team oversees the engineering and permitting phase including equipment selection. The Execution Team oversees construction of the facility and the Close-Out Team oversees completion of punch-list work once the facility is turned over to Operations.
• The Project Engineer is a technical coordinator of engineering tasks.
Geotechnical Investigation by Dev Owners Engineer (OE)
Real Estate Survey: Boundary & Topo by Dev OE
Solar Site Design by Dev OE
Land Utilization by Dev OE
Review all Development Information submitted by Dev OE or acquired by external Developer
Review/Revise EPC Specifications
Energy Performance by OE
Coordinate Review of EPC Submittals by OE
Manage the Request For Information (RFI) process
Develop Project-Specific EPC Exhibits
Confirm project AC capacity and design for Interconnection
Review EPC proposals and identify spec deviations and exclusions from EPC bid required standards
Review EPC proposal site plans and technical data
Review EPC proposed spec changes with internal stakeholders (OPS, Environmental, Safety, Security etc.}
Review Zoning/Land Use Permit requirements
Provide and coordinate project information for EPC RFP process
• Preferred Years of Experience:
o Minimum 5 years as project engineer or assisting a project manager in multi-functional teams in a matrix environment.
o Electrical, Civil, or Mechanical engineering degree.
• Are there any specific companies/industries you’d like to see in the candidate’s experience?
o Must have Solar experience – please ensure solar experience is CLEARLY identifiable in the resume or the comments section
• Working Conditions:
o 10% Travel – 90% Office, Project locations mostly in Virginia with occasional projects throughout the mid-Atlantic region and a few projects through the US.