Director, Grid Integration (Interconnection & Policy)

  • Nexamp
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Feb 12, 2021

Job Description

Do you want to be part of the solar revolution that is transforming the energy landscape? Do you have a passion for making our environment better for this generation and the ones that follow? Does working for a fast paced, growing company that is leading the way into new markets sound exciting to you? Come join us as we take on new challenges and help build a better tomorrow. Our mission is clear: to reshape the energy landscape, delivering value to our clients and partners while benefiting our communities and society at large. Let's make a difference together. Join our team.

 SUMMARY

The Director, Grid Integration is responsible for managing and streamlining the interconnection process for Nexamp’s 1GW pipeline of PV+Storage projects.  This position will work closely with electric distribution utilities across the United States and will be the focal point for in-house technical, policy, and regulatory expertise in the interconnection of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs).  This role requires a strong technical background combined with deep experience in utility tariffs, ISO interconnection process, and regulatory frameworks governing DER interconnection. The ideal candidate will have experience at an IPP or EPC and will have managed DER projects through multiple distribution utility and/or Regional Transmission Organization (RTO) interconnection processes. This position will work closely with Nexamp’s Business Development team, Policy Team, and Power Engineering Group. The Director, Grid Integration will report to the Vice President, Engineering.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provide strategic, market, regulatory, commercial, and technical input to the Development, Engineering and Construction teams regarding the development, design, grid integration, and interconnection of the company's project pipeline allowing for cost effective and efficient designs and processes
  • Develop and implement Nexamp’s strategy for utility engagement, drawing on resources from the Power Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Policy teams
  • Lead technical and non-technical utility negotiations and drive implementation of non-wires alternatives, advanced inverter functionality, selective curtailment, Active Resource Management, and other grid-edge technologies
  • Represent Nexamp and actively participate at utility and ISO/RTO technical and policy stakeholder meetings, including MA TSRG and NY ITWG & IPWG
  • Engage at new market entry to shape utility interconnection regulations, tariffs, and technical standards and provide project-based and market-based interconnection optimization guidance
  • Create and manage information feedback processes to inform forward-looking technical, policy, and regulatory solutions to systemic interconnection roadblocks
  • Support the broader engineering department in all aspects of the interconnection process for community solar and utility-scale DERs to the distribution system, including pre-screen applications, impact studies, facility studies, cluster studies, ISO transmission studies, Interconnection Service Agreements, and final project close-out and PTO/ATI
  • Reduce interconnection friction for projects in all markets using a variety of mediums; this is inclusive of technical meetings, Alternative Dispute Resolution proceedings, and utility key leader interaction
  • Lead formal and informal utility dispute proceedings and engage with utility leadership to manage utility performance to tariff deadlines
  • Maintain strategic relationships with technical and non-technical utility leaders
  • Provide a detailed and complete understanding of the interconnection and grid integration process to the broader organization for all active markets
  • Lead the team managing a portfolio of utility interconnection applications from initial submission through project closeout across multiple states and markets
  • Manage and direct outside engineering consultants performing load-flow, flicker, and other power system studies

 

QUALIFICATIONS

The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, hands-on, results-oriented, and a team player.

Key qualifications as follows:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering required
  • 7+ years of direct experience managing DER interconnections required, with a preference for experience at a development, IPP, owner/operator, or EPC firm
  • Strong management and project management skills required
  • In-depth knowledge of distribution interconnection processes for relevant states required
  • Working knowledge of FRC and ISO-level interconnection processes required
  • Strong knowledge of the applicable utility tariffs, governing policies, and regulatory frameworks across multiple states required
  • Strong knowledge of industry standard design codes such as National Electric Code, International Building Code, International Fire Code, and other industry standards required
  • Strong knowledge of electrical principles, including medium voltage distribution, protection system coordination and relaying principles required
  • PE license or ability to obtain same preferred
  • Substation and transmission design or interconnection experience preferred
  • AutoCAD software proficiency preferred
  • PSSE, Aspen, PSCAD, or PSLF modeling experience preferred

 

PERKS & COMPENSATION

Not only will you get to work with a group of innovative, dedicated, and motivated peers, you will also have access to all the benefits that Nexamp Offers. This includes: our competitive compensation package; a 401 (k) employer-match; health, dental, & vision insurance with company contribution; Open Paid Time Off; Commuter Benefits and Cell Phone Reimbursement; as well as a Fun, Collaborative, Downtown Office Environment! We provide healthy snacks, coffee, in-office yoga sessions, volunteer opportunities, company outings, and more!

NEXAMP VALUES AND MISSION

Building the future of energy so it is clean, simple and accessible

Nexamp is building the energy infrastructure of tomorrow and reinventing the way people interact with the electricity that powers their lives. By deploying a distributed network of locally sourced clean energy, we seek to reduce the negative effects of climate change. Our team’s diverse experience drives innovation from the ground up and with a singular passion: to deliver an accessible and sustainable energy future for all.

 

Sectors

Energy

Drawdown Solutions

Distributed Solar Photovoltaics, Utility-Scale Solar Photovoltaics

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