Do you want to work with high caliber professionals in a dynamic and growing company? Are you entrepreneurial, hard-working, and collegial? Are you committed to advancing the clean energy revolution? Join us at SB Energy, the renewable energy company of SoftBank Group. Our vision is to become the global leader of the energy transition to clean sources of power.

SB Energy develops, constructs, and owns and operates some of the largest and most technically advanced renewable projects across the United States, with Headquarters in San Francisco, CA. The company was formed in 2015 as a subsidiary of Japanese multinational conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. SB Energy entered the United States energy market in 2019 through the acquisition of 5 contracted utility-scale solar projects, bringing its contracted development pipeline to 1.7 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy projects in the US. In 2020, SB Energy started construction on these 5 new solar projects across California and Texas, created 10,000+ direct and indirect jobs, and will power 330,000+ homes when all 5 projects are complete.

SB Energy also collaborates across the SoftBank ecosystem of companies to innovate solutions for the power industry, including making investments in next-generation energy technologies such as iron-based battery company ESS, Inc. Come join us in accelerating the energy transition to cleaner, more sustainable sources of power!

Senior Interconnection Manager

At SB Energy

Do you want to work with high caliber professionals in a dynamic and growing company? Are you entrepreneurial, hard-working, and collegial? Are you committed to advancing the clean energy revolution? Join us at SB Energy, the renewable energy company of SoftBank Group. Our vision is to become the global leader of the energy transition to clean sources of power.

SB Energy develops, constructs, and owns and operates some of the largest and most technically advanced renewable projects across the United States, with Headquarters in San Francisco, CA. The company was formed in 2015 as a subsidiary of Japanese multinational conglomerate SoftBank Group Corp. SB Energy entered the United States energy market in 2019 through the acquisition of 5 contracted utility-scale solar projects, bringing its contracted development pipeline to 1.7 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy projects in the US. In 2020, SB Energy started construction on these 5 new solar projects across California and Texas, created 10,000+ direct and indirect jobs, and will power 330,000+ homes when all 5 projects are complete.

SB Energy also collaborates across the SoftBank ecosystem of companies to innovate solutions for the power industry, including making investments in next-generation energy technologies such as iron-based battery company ESS, Inc. Come join us in accelerating the energy transition to cleaner, more sustainable sources of power!

Basic Function

Sr Interconnection Manager will manage and lead the interconnection process of SBE Energy’s utility scale solar and energy storage projects. The Interconnection Manager will also provide multi-disciplinary support from prospecting through construction with various groups such as Development, Project Finance, Strategy & Investment, & operations during Financing of the projects. Presents as subject matter expert both internally and externally on interconnection and transmission issues related to development and financing of the projects.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with Director of Grid Integration to own and lead the interconnection process for utility scale solar and energy storage plants
  • The Interconnection Manager will lead and own the plant commissioning process from project side.
  • Provide engineering & SCADA support to the construction and project managers during pre-construction, commissioning phase, & COD phase.
  • In ERCOT, Manage and submit RARF’s during lifecycle of the projects, obtain authorization to back feed, synchronize and COD from ERCOT and work closely with QSE, EPC contractor, SBE internal team and maintain the schedule of the project.
  • In CAISO, Manage NRI process during lifecycle of the project, obtain authorization to back feed, synchronize and COD from CAISO and work closely with QSE, EPC contractor, SBE internal team and maintain the schedule of the project.
  • Maintain access and certificates for portals such as RIOO, MIS, RIMS etc., that are needed for submission of the documents for ISO’s approvals.
  • Attend necessary utility and ISO / RTO project specific and stakeholder meetings.
  • Work closely with ISO, QSE, construction team, operations & engineering team to optimize the test revenue for the SBE projects.
  • Work closely with internal groups to submit and get approval for any design changes for the project such as inverter change, transformer change etc., Expedites projects through ISO interconnection queues, strategically timing queue entry and continually working with the ISO and TOs to minimize network upgrades and maintain project schedule.
  • Supports early-stage/mid-stage analysis for greenfield/brownfield project development including market performance, available transmission capacity, network upgrade costs and allocations and deliverability.
  • Performs competition analysis using the known queued projects, transmission capacity and market prices to determine relative strength of a queue position.
  • Tracks transmission expansion plans and any changes to the interconnection process, affected system study process, market rules and their impacts on market prices, capacity, and competitiveness of a site.
  • In conjunction with the appropriate support team, reviews and develops interconnection applications, study agreements, Interconnection agreements and associated drawings, specifications, and models.
  • Manages third party consultants to perform market analysis, power flow, dynamic, short-circuit and reactive capability of the projects. Provides critical reviews of third-party reports.

 Qualifications/Requirement

  • Extensive knowledge of interconnection process for all relevant states and system operators esp in ERCOT & CAISO
  • Working knowledge of general FERC interconnection process and specific requirements for operators esp in ERCOT & CAISO.
  • Minimum of 5 years of related interconnection experience
  • Proven problem solving and negotiation skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering
  • Ability to work well with others in a collaborative team environment
  • Ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment in applying established transmission techniques, procedures or standards
  • General knowledge of technical standards applicable to the project interconnection design
  • Basic knowledge/experience running power flows either in PSS/E or PSLF or Power World.
  • Basic knowledge of Python and SQL is desired.
  • Requires advanced communication skills to insure clear communication internally & externally
  • Intermediate Excel skills

 Location- Preferably Denver or Open for remote.

The position requires up to 20% domestic travels.

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