Senior Energy Analyst – Cape Town

Mainstream Renewable Power is looking for a Senior Energy Analyst to support business activities in South Africa. The position will be based in Mainstream’s Cape Town office, with some travel to project sites in South Africa and occasional international travel.

Key responsibilities:

• Production of internal wind and solar Energy Production Estimates with the highest possible accuracy and lowest possible uncertainty; this includes the application of a high degree of engineering judgement and internal quality control.
• Management, review and signing-off of third party energy production reports and site conditions reports.
• Wind farm turbine layout and solar farm design and energy optimisation.
• Design of optimal site-specific measurement campaigns for wind and solar sites, including cost/benefit assessments of different technologies.
• Oversee installation, maintenance and decommissioning of temporary meteorological masts, LiDARs, and solar measurement stations.
• Oversee the collection and quality control of meteorological data to ensure maximum data coverage and minimum uncertainty.
• Ensure meteorological station contractors comply with relevant safety and technical requirements.
• Liaise with turbine suppliers to ensure optimal modelling of technology, and technology suitability.
• Communication of site-specific energy production and site condition risks to project teams, ensuring risks are understood by the business; communication is through EAG deliverables and verbal updates at Project meetings and Country Asset Reviews.
• Review of energy analysis aspects of potential acquisition sites.
• Contribution to the Energy Analysis Group’s research and development, including continuous improvement of standards, tools and procedures for EAG activities.
• Delivery of all EAG work within the project timelines.
• Ensure that Mainstream receives optimal service from energy analysis consultants, as well as equipment and data suppliers.
• Energy Assessment of operational wind farms based on operational data, and reconciliation against preconstruction energy predictions.
• Contributing to the Energy Analysis Group’s research and development, including continuous improvement of standards, tools and procedures for EAG activities.

The above tasks will be carried out following the Energy Analysis Group’s standards.


Key requirements for the role:

• Graduate with an honours engineering or physical science degree as a minimum
• Around 5 years of pre-construction Energy Analysis experience.
• Experience in both wind and solar energy analysis, including use of LiDAR data.
• Experience comparing wind farm production to preconstruction estimates.
• Experience working for a lenders’ advisor, OEM supplier, developer, or operator of wind and/or solar projects.
• Excellent communication skills, a strong mathematical and analysis background, and the ability to communicate technical issues to non-technical colleagues are essential.
• Highly analytical with attention to detail and ability to exercise engineering judgement.
• Programming with Python and experience with PANDAS for Python.
• Experience in MS Office especially Excel.
• Experience in the use of WAsP, WindFarmer, AWS Openwind.
• Experience in use of PVsyst or other solar design and solar resource assessment software.
• Experience with non-linear wind flow models is an advantage.
• Willingness to travel; sometimes internationally, and to sites which are in generally remote areas.
• Fluency in English. Afrikaans an advantage.
• Full clean driving licence.
• Motivated and self-starter attitude with desire to support continued improvement.

To apply for this vacancy please submit your up to date CV and cover letter using our online application form.

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