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Invenergy Services Inc. Staff Engineer, International Renewable Engineering in Chicago, Illinois

Invenergy drives innovation in energy. Powered by decades of entrepreneurial experience and unparalleled execution, we solve the energy challenges facing our customers and communities. We provide power generation and storage solutions at scale around the world to create a cleaner energy future. We develop. We build. We own. We operate. We are Invenergy.

Job Description

Invenergy believes inclusion drives innovation

Diverse teams are better teams. The perspectives and experiences that people from different backgrounds bring to an organization drive better decisions and improved business results. Invenergy employees are inclusive and welcoming of all colleagues of all backgrounds, genders, races, sexual orientations, religions and abilities.

About the Position:

As an International Project Engineer based in Chicago, you will lead the technical evaluation and design of Invenergy’s utility-scale solar energy projects, working predominantly on projects in Latin America.

Responsibilities:

  • Manage detailed layout design for Invenergy’s development pipeline of international solar energy projects. Evaluate project siting constraints, solar module, inverter, and racking technologies, BOS (balance of system) considerations, energy storage technologies, and solar resource data to maximize project value.

  • Work collaboratively with the commercial analytics and development teams to identify key requirements for energy storage system sizing and operational requirements.

  • Analyze available meteorological datasets and utilize MCP (measure-correlate-predict) methodology to assess project resource characteristics.

  • Utilize performance modeling software to prepare project energy yield assessments and other production profile deliverables such as 8760s and production diurnals.

  • Collaborate with the international business development and project management teams to identify and evaluate international development prospects, assess local markets, and ascertain region specific technical requirements for solar projects. Represent Invenergy with key regional partners and stakeholders.

  • Conduct site visits to support site evaluation, suitability, and due diligence efforts. Meet with local partners and project stakeholders to facilitate exchange of technical information and to assess region-specific project requirements.

  • Interface with solar module, inverter, and racking manufacturers to obtain technical information and stay apprised of technology advancements, pricing, and regional market trends. Understand any local or region-specific requirements that may inform procurement decisions.

  • Collaborate with the international business development team to support region-specific permitting and approval efforts.

  • Work with the structured finance team to provide responses to lender and independent engineer due diligence questions throughout the project financing process.

  • Interface with the project management and operations teams leading up to and through project commercial operations. Ensure timely and complete transfer of technical responsibilities.

  • While work will predominantly focus on solar projects in Latin America, responsibilities may also include the advancement of wind and storage projects in Invenergy’s other target markets including Israel, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

  • Up to 50% travel as needed.

Required Skills:

  • Fluency or full professional fluency in English and at least one other language, preferably Spanish.

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or relevant physical science such as physics, atmospheric science/meteorology, earth science, or environmental science. Master’s degree is a plus

  • Familiarity with solar module, inverter, and racking technology along with key general solar technology trends. Knowledge of wind, energy storage, and distributed generation technologies is a plus.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint. Microsoft Project experience is a plus.

  • Ability to critically evaluate development challenges and creatively apply experience to unconventional situations.

  • Flexibility to travel internationally and work across multiple time zones.

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, prioritization, and time management skills. Ability to multi-task while managing multiple projects and multiple engineering team initiatives.

  • Demonstrated interest in renewable energy

  • Desire to work in a dynamic environment alongside people with multiple interests and backgrounds.

Preferred Skills:

  • Approximately two to five years of experience supporting the engineering, design, and/or construction of renewable energy projects

  • Understanding of statistical analysis and linear regression models, preferably as it pertains to meteorological data sources and MCP methodology. Experience with statistical modeling programs such as R is a plus. MATLAB and/or Python is also a plus.

  • Experience with modeling solar energy project economics and familiarity with concepts such as NPV, IRR and LCOE.

  • Familiarity with PVSyst, System Advisory Model (SAM), and/or AutoCAD Civil.

  • Experience developing utility scale solar projects in international markets

We foster an entrepreneurial culture driven by teamwork and collaboration. In fields spanning engineering, development, finance, legal, government affairs, communications and information technology, we are led by an experienced leadership team that has worked together in the clean energy industry for more than 25 years. At Invenergy, you will work in a dynamic environment in which you can utilize and develop your technical expertise to solve the energy challenges facing our customers and communities.

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