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Grid Manager

Job Information
LocationRecruitment Agency / Vacancy in Cape Town, Waterfront
SalaryR750k - R450k
Job TypePermanent
EducationBEng Electrical/Mechanica;
Experience5 - 10 years

Job Description

International Renewable Energy Specialists are looking to recruit a Grid Manager for their Cape Town operations.

Key Skills, Knowledge and Experience:

The successful candidate will have worked in the power industry for a number of years (at least 5) and will be extremely knowledgeable about the process to connect a renewable generator to the transmission or distribution network;

Likely he or she will have worked for one of the following entities:

A transmission or distribution system operator or owner in a department responsible for network planning or generator connections;

The office of the regulator responsible for the power market and renewables;

The government department responsible for power market and renewables;

An electricity generator in a department that has managed the connection of a generator to the grid network;

A consulting engineer or contractor who has connected a generator to the grid;

He or she will know all of the stakeholders involved and have a pre-existing relationship with most and preferably all of the stakeholders in the grid connection process and the power industry in general (TO, DO, SO, Regulator, Government, Consultants, Contractors, Generators)

A degree in power engineering (electrical or mechanical)

Knowledge of:

The design, construction, commissioning of overhead line and underground cable grid connections and associated communication, control and protection is required;

Engineering software packages (AutoCAD, GIS, dynamic simulation software) would be an advantage;

Wind and solar generator technologies; SCADA systems; substation and MV collector systems; electrical design and technical specifications (SLDs, schematics, general arrangement drawings etc.) would be an advantage.

Key Responsibilities and Activities

Identify locations where there is currently grid capacity available or where there is a high likelihood of capacity being available in the future. The Development team will use this information to select identify, prioritize and select new wind and solar projects to pursue;

Apply for grid capacity for the projects that the development team has decided to pursue and ensure that all Wind and Solar development projects have a position on the grid queue (or de-facto queue if no formal queue exists) and line of sight to a grid connection;

Understand all government and non-government policy, legislation, regulations, grid codes that apply to connecting renewable generation to the distribution and transmission networks;

Use this understanding of the grid process to ensure that Mainstreams development projects enter and then progress through the grid connection process quickly and cheaply as possible;

Create and maintain a written grid connection strategy for each project that clearly sets out the schedule, budget, decisions, technical information required to secure a grid connection;

Procure any grid studies or other technical reports required to support the grid strategy for each project including managing internal or external resources to complete such work;

Deliver an executed grid connection agreement for all Mainstream projects and

Project manage the grid connection process for all South African projects to ensure that the grid connection agreement and physical grid connections are delivered on schedule;

Negotiate the commercial and technical terms of the grid connection agreement and any associated bonds and commitments to secure the best possible deal for the organisation;

Build up a strong working relationship with the Transmission and Distribution System Owners and Operators (TO / TSO; DO / DSO), regulator responsible for the power market and renewables, government department responsible for power market and renewables;

Join any industry association groups and seek to lead any sub-groups, committees or other entities that work or lobby in the area of grid and the grid connection process;

Lobby on behalf of the organisation’s interest to secure best possible grid connections;

Be the single point of contact for all external parties seeking to engage with the organisation on grid related issues and the single point of contact internally for all South African grid issues;

Meet as often as possible (preferably weekly) with the grid companies responsible for connecting the organisation’s projects to ensure that the grid connections are being progressed;

Hand over the grid connection process to the construction team and nominated PM (The Asset Delivery PM) once the grid connection agreement has been signed.

Should you meet the above requirements, please send a detailed CV to Roxanne on; or call her on 021 555 0432

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