SOLAR SITE LEAD TECH

Country/Region:  US
City:  Bakersfield, CA
Company:  EDP Renewables North America LLC

EDP Renewables is a global leader in the renewable energy sector nad the world's third-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets, and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 17 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Chile, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK, US and Vietnam). 

EDPR is committed to furthering social advances in terms of sustainability and integration. This is reflected by the inclusion of the company in the Bloomberg Gender Equality index and the fact that it has been certified as a Top Employer 2021 in Europe (Spain, Italy, France, Poland, Portugal and Romania), both of which recognise its employee-driven policies.

What you will do

Role Overview:

The Solar Site Lead Technician will be responsible for the on-site operations, maintenance, repairs, and replacement of solar field equipment at EDPR NA’s operating solar-energy generation site. You will also perform Lock out Tag out (LOTO), Tail Board meetings, and job-specific documentation that is required to conduct solar maintenance in the safest manner possible. Additionally, you will perform inspections of equipment, tools, and facility for compliance with EDPR’s policy and Governmental Safety and Environmental regulations. It is necessary for this person to be a self-motivator who can lead a team to conduct small corrective repairs and execute EDPR’s solar maintenance strategy. 

Main responsibilities:

-Ensure proper operation and maintenance of solar field equipment and associated solar plant components including inverters, tracker systems, transformers, PV panels, substations, switchgears, access roads, fences, and security systems 
-Supervise a team of 1 to 4 technicians to execute preventative and corrective maintenance
-Proactively look for improvement opportunities to job-appropriate processes and procedures and communicate through appropriate channels to implement improvements using the Management of Change Protocols
-Read schematics in order to troubleshoot complicated mechanical and electrical, problems with inverters, tracker control systems, PV panels, and components 
-Perform mechanical and electrical component repair and replacement of parts to correct malfunctions in accordance with all pertinent manufacturers' requirements
-Effectively gather information regarding solar performance/issues 
-Diagnose, recommend, and implement solutions up to intermediate routine issues 
-Seek assistance when encountering issues outside the trained skill level to ensure success in the resolution 
-Comply with all pertinent environmental health and safety programs 
-Act as a safety role model by encouraging and recognizing others completing safe acts and intervening when unsafe acts are being practiced 
-Identify gaps in safety standards and safety risks in the environment 
-Implement effective risk mitigation and provide recommendations to higher-level technical staff and management 
-Promote integrity, strong initiative, and a no-compromise focus on safety and quality of work on a continuous basis 
-Perform preventive maintenance in accordance with OEM maintenance manuals
-Perform data collection and prepare reports in order to meet reporting requirements 
-Work with and respond to EDPRs Remote Operations Control Center when necessary 
-Perform QA/QC inspections in accordance with applicable SOP 
-Ensure that reliable electronic communication is maintained between the solar field, substation, site office, and home office 
-Facilitate periodic equipment inspections and reporting 
-Document all work performed using computer-based service reporting procedures (SAP) 
-Adhere to effective internal controls 
-Supervise contractors onsite to ensure compliance with all EDPR’s policies and procedures 
-Additional duties as required 

Employment type

Work site

What are we looking for

Minimum Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED required.? 
  • 1+ years of college or technical school education, or an equivalent combination of training and experience 
  • 2 – 5 years relevant experience in solar energy or a related industry, Renewable energy experience is a plus. 
  • Experience with power plant operations and maintenance, solar plant operations (including power converters specifically), high voltage switching, and post-operational repair and maintenance of solar field components preferred 
  • Ability and willingness to travel occasionally to other operational sites within the US as needed 

Travel:

Minimal, as needed

Behavioral Requirements:

  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possession of a valid driver’s license 
  • Ability to work in adverse weather conditions 
  • Ability to work around low- and medium-voltage equipment 
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists 
  • Ability and willingness to work overtime on holidays and weekends and to work on short notice as needed due to on-call scheduling 
  • Ability and willingness to respond to site emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as needed? 

Physical demands & working conditions:

  • Sitting/Standing/Flexibility:?Ability to frequently perform physical tasks including standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, bending, twisting, squatting, and reaching approximately 75% of the time while on solar farm sites; ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment 
  • Walking:??Ability to walk .25 to .5 miles per day, including across unpaved and rough surfaces when on solar farm sites 
  • Speech/Reading:??Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written verbal, diagram, or scheduled form 
  • Lifting:?Ability to frequently lift items weighing up to 50 pounds 
  • Climbing:??  
    • Weight must be between 125 lbs. and 275 lbs., excluding equipment/gear worn when performing job-related tasks, to be in accordance with the ANSI Fall Protection Standards. 
  • Vision/Hearing:?Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form 
  • Tolerance to Extreme Weather Conditions:?Ability to work in adverse weather conditions 25% of the time while on solar farm sites 
  • Safety:?Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary 

Among EDPR's principles we would like to highlight diversity and inclusion as a strength in our values and practices. Reinforcing these principles has a real impact on the satisfaction of commitment, increases talent and the quality of leadership of our professionals. To achieve all our objectives, it intends to attract, develop and retain different profiles, assuming diversity as a key factor and differentiator of fundamental innovation in our organisation. We welcome and value all people, and we are committed to the inclusion and sense of belonging of each person who is part of EDPR.

 

What makes us proud as an employer:

TOP Employer Europe 2021 certification.
Bloomberg Gender Equality Index 2021.
Top Workplaces US 2021.
Certification in Conciliation (Excellence) by the Más Familia Foundation;


Nearest Major Market: Bakersfield

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