Responsible for the on-site operations, maintenance, repairs, and replacement of solar field equipment at EDPR NA’s operating solar-energy generation site.
To include but not limited to completing Lock out Tag out (LOTO), Tail Board meetings, and job specific documentation that is required to conduct solar maintenance in the safest manner possible.
Perform inspections of equipment, tools and facility for compliance with EDPR policy and Governmental Safety and Environmental regulations.
This person must be a self-motivator who can lead a team to conduct small corrective repairs and execute EDPR solar maintenance strategy.
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 maintenances
Proactively look for improvement opportunities to job appropriate processes and procedures and communicate through appropriate channels or 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 trained skill level to ensure success in resolution
Comply with all pertinent environmental health and safety programs
Act as a safety role model; encourage and recognize others completing safe acts and intervene when unsafe acts are being practiced
Identify gaps in safety standards as well as 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 on site to ensure compliance with all EDPR’s policy and procedures.
Additional duties as required
Direct reports : 1-4
Travel : Ability and willingness to travel occasionally to other operational sites within the US as needed
Minimum qualifications :
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, Wind energy experience is a plus.
Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office software, SQL Server software, facility management and reporting systems, and computerized diagnostic and troubleshooting tools
Experience with power plant operations and maintenance, solar plant operations, (including power inverters specifically), high-voltage switching, and post-operational repair and maintenance of solar field components preferred.
Familiarity with maintenance and electronic testing equipment (e.g., voltage testers, amp clamps, oscilloscopes, megohmmeters, infrared testers, torque equipment, alignment tools, various hand and power tools) and with heavy equipment required for facility maintenance, including working knowledge of crane and rigging requirements
Competency in Analytical Problem Solving, Strong Communication, Customer / Partner Relationships, and Technology Expertise preferred
Behavioral requirements :
Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possession of a valid driver’s license
Ability to frequently lift items weighing up to 50 pounds
Ability to work in adverse weather conditions
Ability to work around low- and medium-voltage equipment
Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form
Written and oral communication skills
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists
Ability and willingness to travel occasionally to other operational sites within the US as needed
Ability and willingness to work overtime on holidays, evenings, and weekends and to work on short notice as needed due to on-call scheduling
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 wind 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 wind farm sites
Speech / Reading : Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
Lifting : Ability to frequently lift items weighing up to 60 pounds and to occasionally lift items weighing between 60 and 100 pounds
Ability to climb turbine towers up to 95 meters in height approximately 5-10 times per week or as needed
Weight, including harness and tools, must be in accordance with the weight limit as specified by 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 wind farm sites
Safety : Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary