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Black & Veatch Consultant, Solar PV Performance in Des Moines, Iowa

Consultant, Solar PV Performance

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Company : Black & Veatch Mgmt Consulting

Req Id : 45885

Job Title : Consultant, Solar PV Performance

Location : USVRTL


Opportunity Type : Staff

Relocation eligible : No

Full time/Part time : Full-Time

Project Only Hire : No

Visa Sponsorship Available: Yes

Job Summary

The Consultant, Solar PV Performance, will contribute to technical and commercial due diligence engagements for solar PV generating facilities, including both C&I and Utility scale facilities. This role specifically involves the use of solar PV power production software to estimate or evaluate potential energy production and associated losses. This role will serve on the Transaction Services team, which is a multi-disciplinary group of engineers, consultants, and financial analysts who provide independent engineering and due diligence services on behalf of project developers, lenders and investors regarding mergers, acquisitions and financing of energy projects, portfolios, and company platforms. Typical engagements cover a full suite of services to identify risks related to equipment technology, project design, production and revenue modeling, commercial contracts (engineering-procurement-construction, operations and maintenance, power procurement, interconnection), market and environmental.

The Consultant level role serves as an experienced professional with responsibilities as both an individual contributor operating under limited supervision and leader of various workstreams with junior personnel, including data collection and analysis, technical and commercial assessment reports, and site visits. The Consultant generally works on multiple concurrent projects reporting to project managers and project directors. Over time the candidate is expected to develop overall project management responsibilities and to develop and maintain client contacts.

Key Responsibilities

Consulting Capability:

  • Develops applicable knowledge bases by using best practices to redefine tools and techniques

  • Enhances established working relationships with team members and management from within the client’s organization

  • Ascertains and meets client expectations within scope of engagement role

  • Contributes to multiple projects at any given time

  • Contributes to quality review on own engagement

  • Transfers knowledge, capabilities, and skills to improve others’ knowledge and skill levels

  • Perform solar resource assessments, energy production estimates, and support projects including performance assessments of operating projects, siting, performance testing, and feasibility studies

  • Develop and review performance test protocols and analyze actual plant performance against these protocols.

  • Assist with solar PV design optimization for cost reduction and performance improvement for clients

  • The position will also include exposure to other renewable technologies: distributed energy, storage, wind, etc.

Industry Knowledge Capability:

  • Utilizes knowledge of battery energy storage systems and industry best practices to produce moderately complex work products and solutions across multiple phases of client engagements.

  • Independently develops written due diligence reports that concisely communicate findings to financial clients who may not have industry or technical background.

  • Contributes to the development of spreadsheet-based technical and financial analytical tools.

  • Anticipates and resolves technical problems with occasional technical assistance from others.

  • Develops, presents, and defends conclusions, recommendations, and implementation plans to internal stakeholders and external clients.

  • Leverages experience with equipment technology, plant inspections, performance assessments, commercial contracts, financial analysis and models; as well as a general understanding of electric power engineering, commercial, and regulatory practices.

Management Responsibilities

Individual Contributor

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree, with an engineering degree or other technical degree preferredor MBA degrees will be considered if accompanied by supporting relevant experience and qualifications.

  • Demonstrated Solar PV performance experience.

  • Experience with preparing solar production estimates using PVsyst or equivalent software.

  • Experience with solar resource assessment techniques including understanding of satellite based, measured and ground corrected datasets.

  • Knowledge about various module technologies like c-Si modules including bifacial modules, CdTe thin film, CIGS etc. from perspective of solar performance modeling.

  • Experience with smart tracking technologies like NEXTracker TrueCapture.

  • Basic knowledge of statistical tools and analysis. 2 years related work experience.

  • Professionals with less experience may be considered for an entry level solar PV performance position.

  • Experience in performing solar resource assessments and energy production modeling using PVsyst and System Advisor Model (SAM).

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to communicate clearly and succinctly through formal reports, presentations, teleconferences, memoranda and email.

  • Must be able to function equally well in fast-paced, collaborative, multi-discipline teams, and self-directed independent assignments.

  • Advanced technical or industry knowledge.

  • Advanced knowledge in one or more aspects of consulting processes.

  • Human relations skills including collaboration and team functions.

  • Ability to understand team functions and lead operation in an engagement environment.

  • Must be self-motivated, with an ability to balance multiple projects while working under tight deadlines.

  • A working understanding of energy project finance is preferred.

  • Experience with Microsoft Excel including VBA is preferred. Understanding of data analytics, data visualization and data interpretation techniques.

  • Strong Microsoft Office suite, especially Word and Excel skills.

  • Specialty computer skills including Python (data analysis and file handling packages), GIS, database design (including SQL scripting), data analytics tools like PowerBI/ Tableau, scheduling, Monte Carlo analysis preferred, but not required.

  • Strong writing and presentation skills.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant work experience.

  • At least 4 years of experience in the electrical power generation industry in a business, engineering, consulting, project development, product development, or operations environment that includes at least 2 years of Solar PV production estimating experience.

  • Ability to travel up to 25%

All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

Normal office environment


Action oriented

Communicates effectively

Customer focus

Decision quality

Manages ambiguity

Organizational savvy

Values differences

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Our comprehensive benefits portfolio is a key component of this commitment and offers and array of health care benefits including but not limited to medical, dental and vision insurances along with disability and a robust wellness program.

To support a healthy work-life balance, we offer flexible work schedules, paid vacation and holiday time, sick time and dependent sick time.

A variety of additional benefits are available to our professionals, including a company matched 401k plan, adoption reimbursement, vendor discounts, an employment referral program, AD&D insurance, pre-taxed accounts, voluntary legal plan and the B&V Credit Union. Professionals may also be eligible for a performance-based bonus program.

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