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Senior HV Project Engineer

Company Overview
Intersect Power is a team of friends driven to preserve our planet for future generations through low-carbon energy and infrastructure solutions. Founded in 2016, the privately held clean energy company develops and owns some of the world’s largest clean energy resources serving customers in retail and wholesale energy markets across North America. The company is redefining the scope of the clean energy industry by enabling new pathways between clean electricity and the broader economy to enable the deep decarbonization of our economy. We are on an aggressive growth trajectory and are staffing key positions.
About This Position
The  Senior HV Project Engineer will lead and be accountable for the HV design/strategy, EPC design coordination for HV & MV, utility interconnection coordination during the development, financing, construction, and commissioning phases of the renewable facilities (solar, wind, battery storage, green hydrogen, etc). The candidate will also be responsible for providing technical support to the operation team.

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Lead and own the preliminary HV transmission and substation design, MV distribution preliminary designs, and single-line creation of the HV facilities.
  • Manage and own the relationship with the interconnecting utility, leading monthly implementation meetings, RFIs, and all technical design decisions during the development and execution stages.
  • Manage and own the relationship with the EoR, OE, IE, EPC, or any other external consultants and vendors to work collaboratively on the design, optimization, and review of the facility during the design and execution phases.
  • Responsible for development and maintenance of technical specifications, design criteria, standards, and exhibits (EPC technical exhibits, testing protocols, vendor specifications, etc.) to ensure all documentation is comprehensive and maintains a high-quality product.
  • Lead and maintain ownership over the entire interconnection process, from application filing to COD, by working with external consulting partners.
  • Maintain and improve upon the existing engineering tools for design, analysis, and calculation
  • Advise on any HV technical aspects on PPA negotiations, interconnection agreements, financing, or any other relevant legal agreements. 
  • Accountable for meeting the offtake requirements with a cost-optimized and constructable solution
  • Aid in EPC RFP and commercial supply agreements to ensure technical requirements are accurately defined and reflected while ensuring lower LCOE.
  • Support LMP analysis with generation and transmission assumptions and results review.
  • Work towards becoming the HV technical lead for IE diligence and project financing.
  • Work cross functionally between development, land, permitting, engineering, construction, and operation teams.
  • Ensure timely and cost-effective resolution to regulatory, permitting, and technical issues associated with the execution and delivery of the facilityEnsure the highest level of environmental health and safety standards in all engineering with aspects of the facility.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Practical understanding of HV transmission and substation equipment, MV distribution equipment, design/cost trade-offs, metering, relaying, and SCADA/plant controllers.
  • Technical background in power system design and studies.
  • Manage interconnection study processes in ERCOT and CAISO, familiar with various studies in process, and conducts reviewing/challenging of the study results
  • Capable of assembling an interconnection application
  • Highly organized and effective project management skills
  • Advanced knowledge of Steady state modeling tools such as ETAP, SKP, DigSILENT or similar
  • Understanding of Dynamic modeling tools such as PSS/E, PSLF, PSCADor similar tools
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel
  • Practical knowledge of working with EPCs and utilities during the design and construction phases
  • Basic understanding and working knowledge of LMPs
  • Basic understanding of advantages/trade-offs of the different technologies, system design, optimization levers, cost drivers, contracting pitfalls, construction challenges, life cycle use, and challenges
Minimum Experience 
  • Minimum of 8 years managing HV work and/or interconnection of utility-scale renewable projects for a developer, or working as a consultant to developers (IE or OE) OR a minimum of 8 years working on EPC HV design or in transmission planning studies
  • Experience creating specifications and designs of HV transmission and substation equipment OR experience contracting or constructing HV transmission and substations.
  • Experience taking 5 or more projects through CAISO, ERCOT, or SPP interconnection processes. Preferred experience in two or more markets, and preferred experience in the implementation phase (pre-EPC contract through COD)
  • Experience building or reviewing Interconnection applications and Dynamic models of utility-scale renewable facilities to ensure quality and accuracy. Capable of coordinating and reviewing the scope and studies of the interconnection process.
Academic and Professional Background
  • Minimum BS in Electrical Engineering or Power Systems, Masters degree a plus.
*A note on qualifications: Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they are able to perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and will consider any equivalent combination of knowledge, skills, education and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role. 

Physical and Sensory Requirements

  • Mostly sedentary work; using standard office equipment including: a computer, keyboard, and telephone. 
  • Position requires some travel for company-wide meetups: ~5 weeks total through a calendar year, plus additional travel required for site visits. *Full COVID-19 vaccination required to be eligible for travel.
Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email [email protected]

Salary & Benefits

  • Salary: $135,000- $145,000 USD base salary with 25-30% annual target bonus 
  • Exceptional Healthcare: Access comprehensive medical, dental, and vision plans with 100% premium coverage for both you and your dependents.  
  • Financial Security: Benefit from a 3% non-elective employer contribution to your 401k, ensuring your financial future is on the right track. 
  • Time Off: Unlimited Paid Time Off (PTO) +  two company-wide vacation weeks (Fourth of July & End of year). We believe in the importance of rest and relaxation. 
  • Family-Friendly Policies: Experience up to 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave, with an additional 6 weeks for birth parents. We support you through the exciting journey of parenthood. 
  • Mental Health and Well-being: Access mental health and behavioral coaching services through Ginger, providing you with the support you need to thrive both personally and professionally. 
  • Family Planning Support: Navigate family planning with ease through our partnership with Carrot, ensuring a seamless experience for new parents. 
  • Perks: Enjoy a variety of perks, including a $150 USD monthly food stipend on GrubHub and a pet insurance allowance. We care about the little things that make a big difference. 
  • Tech-Ready: Gear up with our new hire tech package, including a laptop, monitor, docking station, webcam, headphones, and more. Set up your home office with provided furniture, including a desk and chair.
At Intersect Power , we believe in fostering a supportive and enriching environment for our team members. Join us and experience a workplace that truly values you, inside and outside the office!
Note:  We welcome applicants who do not have current enforceable non-compete restrictions that would hinder their employment with us. If you are currently under a non-compete agreement with a previous employer, we kindly request that you carefully review the terms of that agreement and ensure that your potential employment with us does not violate those terms. 
Unsolicited resumes or referrals from third-party recruiting firms or agencies are not accepted by Intersect Power.
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