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Grid Specialist/Manager


Grid Specialist/Manager

Location: Hybrid with offices in Utrecht

Full-time position (40 hrs/week)

The Grid Specialist will work within the Development department and together with the Land Acquisition and Project Development teams to develop large-scale solar PV projects. Further, the Grid Specialist will support the EPC department on realizing the grid connection.

Role responsibilities:

Pro-actively and autonomously support large-scale solar PV projects through development and construction with respect to all grid related matters:

Development Phase
- End-to-end management of the grid application process for Solar PV projects in the country.
- Establish relationships with grid stakeholders, public and private local grid network operators.
- Work with the Solar Project Development Team to identify suitable areas of (current/future) grid availability.
- Advise Project Developers with technical assistance throughout the development phase of the project.
- Support technical planning for the execution of the grid side of the project (mast replacement, construction of substation, etc.)

EPC planning and Construction Phase
- Negotiate and finalize grid agreements and relevant permits for the solar PV project pipeline.
- Liaise with various stakeholders to technically optimize the grid connection arrangement to achieve the most efficient solution.
- Support in the commissioning of the equipment and coordination of the work of the network operator during processing.

Work with the Power Sales / PPA Origination team to identify suitable locations for private wire projects.
- Secure necessary agreements and permits for cable pooling, behind-the-meter private wire connections with power users, battery storage, electron to molecule conversion, etc.

Be the Subject Matter Expert for the business regarding grid connection of medium and high voltage systems as well as medium-voltage lines, keeping abreast of policy changes and their applicability.

- Help to build a body of knowledge and continually drive the evolution of best practice to deliver a competitive edge.
- Create relationships within the renewable energy sector with a view to acquiring suitable projects at various stages of development.

Report to senior management:
- Report regarding grid project status, progress, timeline, quality, feasibility, project risks and budgets.

- Degree in electrical engineering (or similar).
- Proven track record in grid expertise, preferably with large scale renewable projects.
- Experience in the medium and high voltage range of the national supply grid.
- A thorough understanding of the transmission and distribution networks and the relevant grid connection application processes.
- A general understanding of the relevant planning processes.
- Existing contacts with one or more local network operators would be advantageous.
- Strong negotiation, influencing and commercial skills.
- IT literacy and familiarity with Microsoft applications, including MS Teams, SharePoint, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, in addition to GIS mapping tools such as Google Earth.
- Good team player but also able to work independently and proactively.
- Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage with a wide range of stakeholders from diverse backgrounds.
- Fluent in Dutch and good knowledge and use of English.
- In possession of a full driving license and willingness to travel on a regular basis within the country

Vacancy Reference: PR/027310
Vacancy Owner: Ines Costa |