Solar Operations Manager (On-Site)

Mendota, CA
Posted 6 days ago

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.


  • 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

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