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Utility and Interconnection Manager

Organization: United States Solar Corporation (“US Solar”)

Position Type: Full-time

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Employer Description: US Solar is a developer and owner/operator of solar projects, specializing in community solar markets.

Position Description:

United States Solar Corporation (US Solar) is seeking a motivated candidate for a high-profile project management position in the solar energy industry. As the face of US Solar to utilities, this position balances external communication with internal ownership of a portfolio of projects between 1 – 20 MWAC across multiple states. An effective candidate will demonstrate detailed organization, a desire to solve problems without prompting, and an ability to work with others across multiple internal teams.

Essential Duties Include:

  • Prepare application materials related to the interconnection and sale of solar-generated electricity to utility companies and municipalities across the country.  Manage US Solar’s grid interconnection activities for specific US projects.
  • Review and catalog compliance requirements under power purchase agreements, interconnection agreements and renewable energy certificate sales contracts
  • Manage timelines and deliverables with deadlines using internal tools to ensure that projects stay compliant with utility procedures
  • Assemble internal and external resources to evaluate study results and technical feedback so that the fastest and most cost-effective configurations can be pursued
  • Communicate verbally and in writing internally to team members and externally to utility contacts
  • Travel as needed to visit utility offices, project sites, and other US Solar offices
  • Advise on portfolio investment strategy by providing opinion on project interconnection costs, risks and timelines.
  • Manage a team of subject matter experts and/or outside consultants to deliver interconnections on time and on budget, coordinating with development, operations, and construction teams.
  • Participate in and/or lead negotiations with utilities, RTOs and other interconnecting entities.
  • Identify marketing opportunities as they present themselves and channel to appropriate individuals within the company.
  • Analyze various RTO grids and other electrical systems and identify locations with low cost interconnection potential.
  • Negotiate consulting agreements and manage consultants.
  • Ensure data rooms and other control documents and are populated and organized in accordance with company naming nomenclature and standards.
  • Support Executive and Finance Teams during investor due diligence process
  • Provide regular updates to Executive Team and promptly raise concerns when they become apparent
  • Provide a smooth transition to the operations team as projects progress to construction. Provide post-development support to the operations team as necessary.
  • Provide medium voltage design expertise to the electrical design team, creating construction drawings and specifications.
  • Create and/or manage preliminary conceptual design documents to support customer interconnection applications.
  • Coordinate with other disciplines including architects, engineers, developers, utilities and contractors.
  • Perform preliminary production analysis and electrical calculations and studies such as short circuit, load flow calculations and voltage drop.
  • Represent US Solar during utility scoping meetings, results meetings and final interconnection agreement negotiations
  • Manage technical data for interconnection positions
  • Experience in conducting grid integration and transmission system reliability studies as per relevant Independent System Operator (ISO) or Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) standards
  • Knowledge of the North American Electric Power System including FERC wholesale interconnection standards and tariffs and local Public Utility Commission retail interconnection standards and interconnection handbooks
  • Employee may be provided with additional responsibilities based on mutual agreement of both Employee and Employer.

Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Knowledge of NEC, NESC codes and RUS standards
  • Knowledge of relevant IEEE and ANSI standards.
  • Associates Degree or Technical School Certificate in Electrical Design, or other related degree
  • Approximately 4-6 years of experience in electric power design with at least 2 years designing medium voltage electrical distribution systems.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD.
  • Working knowledge and ability to read construction drawings and specifications.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows/Office products.
  • Professional appearance with excellent written and verbal communications skills, including ability to write detailed technical reports.
  • Must have a strong work ethic along with a positive attitude.
  • Must be a supportive team member, able to work in a collaborative environment
  • Strong work ethic and ability to self-start in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong organization, communication skills and attention to detail
  • Flexibility to modify course in real-time in response to fluid facts and circumstances
  • Ability to work with little supervision and to seek help when needed
  • Demonstrated ability to work on a team and interact daily with a variety of groups: development, finance, legal, and engineering, procurement and construction
  • Pertinent utility, energy, regulatory or project management experience is a plus

Interested Candidates
Please email cover letter and resume to: careers@us-solar.com
Email subject should read “Utility and Interconnection Manager”.