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Grid Connection Manager Poland

Job Title             Grid Connection (Interconnection) Manager - Poland

Department      Grid Team Poland, Delivery & Grid

 

About  Lightsource bp  

 

Lightsource bp is a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects.

We are a 50:50 joint venture with bp with a mission to help drive the world’s transition to low carbon energy.

With solar set to increase tenfold in the next 20 years, we are well-positioned to capitalize on this growth. By joining the Lightsource bp team, you will ‘be the change’ on the world’s energy transition to a more sustainable future.

We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit as we continue to push the boundaries of an ever-changing energy landscape. By choosing a career with us, you can expect a challenging and fulfilling role surrounded by people who are passionate and have brilliant ideas about sustainable technology, innovation and making the world a better place.

 

What you will do (your role)     

 

SUMMARY

 

To ensure that grid connections required by Lightsource bp projects are delivered in a timely and cost-effective manner, in accordance with the technical specs of Polish TSO/DNOs and the applicable Polish law, plus to ensure that grid code compliance is appropriately managed and maintained throughout the development process and the lifetime of a plant.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

 

Make an impact on projects’ development phase:

 

  • Lead the coordination and assistance for assigned projects on behalf of the Grid Team during project development and ensure the factors influencing and influenced by the grid connection are considered – including technical, timeline, formal and financial aspects.
  • Carry out technical due diligence, perform risk assessment on Grid Connection Conditions and Grid Connection Agreements offered by the Polish TSO (PSE) and DNOs (in particular: TAURON Dystrybucja, ENEA Operator, ENERGA Operator, PGE Dystrybucja).
  • Manage Technical Advisors and Consultants to support Grid Team related activities,
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the Polish TSO and DNOs to support the grid application and delivery process for Lightsource bp.
  • Be responsible for and manage the process of grid applications ensuring they are submitted in a timely manner. Progress through the Polish TSO’s, DNOs’ and national requirements and processes without delay.
  • Take part in projects’ construction and operation phase:
  • Review the technical designs submitted by EHV/HV/MV contractors and EPCs/ICPs according to Lightsource bp requirements/standards to achieve cost efficiency without compromising quality.
  • Be responsible for “grid intelligence” and implementation of new connection methods arising from the Polish Regulations/TSO/DNOs policy changes and changing industry standards.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with EHV/HV/MV contractors and EPCs/ICPs to drive performance and ensure they deliver their services according to Lightsource bp standards.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the Polish TSO’s and DNOs’ design and delivery teams ensuring Lightsource projects progressing smoothly through the project lifecycle.
  • Negotiate and develop grid connections designs that reduce installation time and cost whilst maintaining or improving plant performance.
  • Support the operation and maintenance of the plants by providing grid expertise to the Asset Manager & O&M team managers throughout the life of the plant.
  • Build, maintain and optimize knowledge databases together with developing expert tools (supplementary duties, not influencing the performance of development and construction stages):
  • Support the business intelligence with GIS spatial data solutions (QGIS, ArcGIS, OneMap) integrating raster and vector data (incl. AutoCAD) with the flexibility of Google Earth software,
  • Innovate, design and provide tools that allow multi-criterial benchmarks of projects that in current and future portfolio of Lightsource bp (including advanced Excel,

Power Query and Power BI).

  • Provide and gather internal cost estimates together with grid connection delivery timescales.
  • Analyze and and track changes of Polish planning documents, e.g. published on websites of the Polish: ERO (URE), TSO/DNOs, power facilities, industry and sector experts.
  • Develop and maintain key processes including being responsible for internal documents database (Sharepoint/OneDrive etc.). 
  • Aggregate possessed knowledge and documents to have the best possible insight on the current and future situation in the Polish energy sector.

 

Who are we looking for              

 

KNOWLEDGE

 

  • Strong technical knowledge of EHV (220-400 kV), HV (60-110kV) and MV (11 – 30kV) connection works and industry standards, including substations, underground cables and overhead lines is a must.
  • Knowledge of TSO’s/DNOs’ connection procedures and administrative authorizations required for connection of renewable plants in Poland (including securing interconnection capacity), together with grid code compliance is very important. 
  • Ability to work with software mentioned in “Duties And Responsibilities” is important. Experience and practical application of software programming languages (e.g. Python, VBA) is well welcomed.
  • Knowledge of the dynamic and power quality compliance studies, power flow/voltage, stability/short-circuit analysis (e.g. DIgSILENT, SSE, PLANS), economic dispatch simulations (e.g. PLEXOS) would be beneficial.
  • Candidates with practical knowledge of Polish grids would be given preference.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

 

  • Strong English skills (written and verbal) are important.
  • Preferably a degree level qualification associated with electrical power systems and/or electrical engineering.
  • Candidates with additional qualification in renewable energy (especially PV) would be advantageous.

 

EXPERIENCE

 

  • Proven track record & experienced in a similar role.
  • Candidates with experience of working directly for TSO/DNOs and/or EPCs/ICPs and/or power system consultancies will be preferred.
  • Good network of contacts across the TSO/DNOs and EPC/ICP environment is well welcomed.
  • Commercially astuteness and previous experience in the design and construction of PV solar plant would be a plus.

 

Why you will make a great member of the Team            

 

PERSONAL QUALITIES

 

  • Effective communicator
  • Team player
  • Fast learner
  • Proactive and positive work attitude
  • Strong analytical and computing skills
  • Able to coordinate with multiple internal and external teams
  • Able to work independently with minimum supervision with keen and dynamic approach to innovation.

 

What do we offer and why you will want to work for us             

 

Our company is a place where you can be yourself and grow - a place where your ideas and opinions matter.

 

Be you

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive community, where every individual is valued and treated with respect.

 

Be responsible

Our culture is driven by our core values. From operating safely to ensuring our solar projects are responsible and promote biodiversity. 

 

Be recognized

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer a variety of benefits including annual bonus, health insurance and other local benefits.

 

Be inspired

Beyond your day-to-day working life at Lightsource bp, there’s a variety of initiatives that will contribute to your own personal development. Initiatives to get involved with including our charitable causes, supporting our solar honey project or our sustainability initiatives.

 

Our Core Values

Lightsource bp truly cares about creating a sustainable future through safe, responsible and meaningful low carbon energy projects. Our core values of Safety, Integrity, Respect, Sustainability and Drive are the guiding principles for everything we do. 

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