This position will oversee and manage all operations and maintenance activities in accordance with applicable O&M agreements. The right candidate will lead a team of internal technicians, joining them in the field as needed.  This includes providing operational readiness support from construction to commercial operations as well as managing the day-to-day operation, maintenance, fiscal and administrative functions in line with corporate strategies and objectives while ensuring and nurturing safety of all personnel and equipment after project turnover to operations.

Responsibilities

  • Work closely with regional and department management, providing on-site and remote oversight and supervision of the assets.
  • Maintain compliance with all EHS plans and regulatory standards to ensure a strong on-site safety culture including the administration, application, and monitoring of safety programs. This includes the safety requirement for all contractors, subcontractors, owner’s personnel, and any other visitors.
  • Ensure (and develop) best practices and controls in coordination with internal and external resources up to and including the O&M Provider and the Inverter, Tracker and Module OEMs.
  • Ensure compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations in all concerns, including but not limited to; environmental, NERC/FERC, local laws and regulations.
  • Interact with local utilities, regulatory agencies, local government/community, and landowners.
  • Provide monitoring and oversight of all on-site and remote contractors including the O&M Provider and any/all BOP contractors. For BOP contractors this includes hiring, managing, and coordinating BOP O&M functions in a manner to minimize plant downtime and losses, maximize availability and work to maximize generation/revenue.
  • Develop and/or assist with development of procedures and policies.
  • Responsible for ensuring a smooth transition of projects to operations (where applicable), up to and including involvement in projects during the development and construction phases.
  • Partner with Procurement to source and manage on-site spare parts and consumables.
  • Maintain all onsite records and documentation in an accurate and up to date manner, including but not limited to records for maintenance and site permit compliance.
  • Provide support with monthly, quarterly, and annual reporting needed for Management.
  • Manage site level budget and P&Ls, work to reduce costs and increase production as to be reasonably expected. This includes developing and tracking the monthly, quarterly and annual budgets.
  • Maintain a good working relationship with all vendors and OEMs.
  • Maintain and ensure teams are maintaining accurate site records of all events and day to day activities.
  • Aid in the development of new business opportunities for the company.
  • Attend meetings as a company representative as required.
  • Prepare and present reports and presentations as required.
  • Other tasks as assigned by management.
  • Travel as required.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Technical college degree or comparable industry training and certificates strongly preferred.
  • Minimum of 5 – 7 years’ experience in wind or solar energy operations. Traditional generation experience considered.
  • Demonstrated ability managing a large team.
  • Experience managing distributed generation with legacy equipment/OEMs.
  • 3 + experience with planning and implementing routine O&M plans as well as minor and major corrective work.
  • Ability to work proactively and productively with limited supervision.
  • Disciplined in following protocols and procedures0
  • Prior contract negotiation, execution and management experience.
  • Experience with environmental and governmental compliance.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • 24/7 on call availability.
  • Hands on experience working on solar with a desire to perform in field work as needed.
  • Must be commutable to Mendota, CA.

Desired/Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working within Work Order management systems.
  • Experience reporting to senior management the performance of assets.
  • NABCEP, OSHA 10 and/or NFPA 70e certification preferred.
  • Training from solar inverter manufacturers for troubleshooting and repair.

Characteristics Necessary for Success

  • Personal accountability and integrity
  • Ability to make informed decisions in a quick and nimble fashion
  • Comfortable with a work environment that is fast paced and changes quickly
  • Ability to work within a team with a positive attitude
  • Enthusiastic about the renewable energy industry

This position will assist with the operations and maintenance activities at smaller solar energy power generation facilities across a wide geographical area on behalf of Longroad Energy. The Solar Operations Manager will help to coordinate and organize subcontractor activities, site technicians and regional support. Ensuring timely and cost-effective support of all solar sites in the Longroad Energy Portfolio.

Responsibilities

  • Manage portfolio of Distributed Generation (DG) solar sites across the country.
  • Ensure team and/or contractors are maintaining accurate site records of all events and day to day activities.
  • Ensure all documentation is accurately completed in our work order management system.
  • Review monthly reports and identify/question abnormalities, dips in site performance and/or significant events.
  • Assist with preparation for customer monthly conference calls.
  • Assist with tracking equipment warranties and claims.
  • Create and maintain wash and vegetation schedules for all sites within assigned portfolio.
  • Coordinate Corrective Maintenance (CM) activities, vegetation abatement and washings across all sites through existing contracts or RFQ.
  • Aggressively pursue return to service of solar sites by working with vendors and OEMs.
  • Help to ensure each project operates within budget.
  • Recommend capital improvement projects to increase site availability or output.
  • Recommend adjustments to part inventory levels to increase uptime as required.
  • Assist with creating, reconciling approved out of scope activities against contractor invoices.
  • Assist with planning, tracking and managing special projects.  
  • Attend meetings as a company representative as required.
  • Assist with compiling data and/or research for reports and presentations as required.
  • Perform additional tasks as directed by management team.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 2-4-year college degree or comparable work experience and training
  • Highly competent in Microsoft Office, specifically Excel
  • Experience in renewable energy industry
  • Computer proficiency required
  • Valid driver’s license
  • Strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work with people at all levels
  • Highly motivated with the ability to work on a team as well as independently and drive results
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

Desired/Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience managing distributed assets
  • History with older solar equipment, vendors, and solutions
  • Training from solar OEMs in trouble shooting
  • Experience with medium and high voltage

Characteristics Necessary for Success

  • Personal accountability and integrity
  • Strong drive to succeed
  • Must be highly organized and able to coordinate multiple activities simultaneously
  • Comfortable with a work environment that is fast paced and changes quickly
  • Ability to work within a team with a positive attitude
  • Enthusiastic about the renewable energy industry