Embedded and Hybrid Generation Developer

Genesis Eco-Energy Developments, one of South Africa’s leading renewable energy development companies is seeking an Embedded and Hybrid Generation Developer to join its team in Cape Town.

JOB DESCRIPTION: PROJECT TECHNICAL DESIGN AND DEVELOPMENT, SOLAR AND SSEG

1. If you are an experienced PV Solar Design Engineer with a flair for business development and sales then this is the position for you.

2. You will be employed as a Project technical Designer with the principal responsibility for developing Genesis’ solar and small scale embedded generation (SSEG) portfolio that resides under Touchpoint Energy.

3. Solar PV and SSEG Project Designer

The incumbent will be responsible for providing project technical design and development services to design, develop and build an investable portfolio of projects, and ensure these are delivered, either as stand-alone projects or through co-development or co-investment with other industry players.

The specific outputs required include:
3.1. project design, engineering and development – secure, design develop, and oversee the implementation of a portfolio of C&I projects utilizing solar, storage, hybrid and other suitable technologies;
3.2. project modelling – complete project technical and financial modelling (including costing and EPC work) in order to ensure projects reach fundability stage and are bankable;
3.3. project management – identify, secure, fully permit and develop embedded generation and smart technology projects under the Touchpoint banner;
3.4. partnership development – develop, or leverage existing partnerships and supplier relationships that will assist in expediting Touchpoint’s entry into the South and Sub-Saharan African market;
3.5. business development – working under guidance from the senior development and management executives, who will provide specific and detailed guidance in the definition of key objectives and tasks from time to time, to build the Touchpoint portfolio into a fully operational and successful standalone business focused on the SSEG, DG and C&I rooftop markets primarily in South but also Sub-Saharan Africa;
3.6. utility scale projects – provide support to GEED in the design, development and implementation of specific solar PV and storage projects.

4. Specific Objectives and outputs

4.1. Responsible for achieving the agreed set of project development objectives as outlined above, but for the avoidance of doubt specific objectives are:

4.1.1. Scope and assess project opportunities, compile proposals, quote to clients, sell and close, and then manage project delivery i.e. manage project design and implementation in consultation with the Client and business development executive;
4.1.2. Manage client relations and provide constant client interface during from inception to construction through to commercial operation in order to ensure repeat business from clients;
4.1.3. Provide support to the business development executive in formulating proposals, ensuring technical soundness and managing client expectations;
4.1.4. Build the EPC capacity in order to ensure project specifications are met at the least cost;

4.2. Responsible for ensuring a proper design and proposal tracking processes is in place for identifying, securing, developing and permitting the agreed projects;

4.3. Deliver weekly and monthly progress reporting – projects are to be tabled, agreed and reported on at weekly business development meetings – this includes developing a comprehensive development budget for each project together with the business development executive;

4.4. Manage partner opportunities (Ekhurhuleni e.g.) though identification of critical path development issues, feasibility assessments, development and permitting processes (in particular property developer and owner liaison; land owner negotiation support; permit acquisition and applications; stakeholder interaction, solution development and design in the case of integrated smart village or smart grid technology solutions) in order to ensure fully permitted and viable projects – in particular to secure the projects for final close and financing;

4.5. reviewing and securing permits for the current proposed portfolio of solar and SSEG projects, from acquisition and early permitting through fully permitted and finance ready sites and ensuring all projects are developed/permitted along best practice guidelines;

4.6. advising the Company on new technology developments (storage, batteries, smart grid technology, mobility solutions, green design and development) and ensuring relevant and timely updating on market place and technology development/enhancement/innovation;

4.7. updating the company and team on changing regulatory requirements as well as market changes (technology, investment trends, projects, etc) with regard to EPC and manufacturing supplier trends that will assist in developing the companies ability to develop and implement cutting edge smart energy solutions;

4.8. identify areas for improvement and development of project management processes as well as general office support services particularly in relation to business development, project development, permitting, reporting and asset management; and,

4.9. assistance with land and permit negotiations, and/or the formulation of any proposals in relation to project preparation for other projects during the finance raising and investment process.

5. Utility Scale Development Responsibilities

The Services shall comprise general support to the Company in respect of the review, negotiation and finalisation of various projects and project opportunities pertaining to the Company general pipeline of projects should this be needed.

You will specifically assist in identifying, securing and implementing Small Scale Embedded Generation (rooftop PV, hybrid generation projects, mini-grids and smart grid projects) across the market, but particularly in the property sector, agriculture, agro-processing, mining, commercial and industrial sectors. Projects aimed at Municipal off-take will also be part of your priority target market but will need to be subjected to proper scrutiny and commercial evaluation.

You will also provide project development support to larger scale projects in the Genesis portfolio and this will be discussed with you on an ongoing basis. This will interalia include providing development support to current projects requiring resource analysis, early stage yield assessments and preliminary design work for PV layouts, design and battery integration. You will interface with appointed specialists and consultants to help finalise early stage development work on the portfolio of projects.

APPLICATION:

To apply, please forward your CV and a short motivation to the Managing Director, Genesis Eco-Energy Developments at: careers@genesis-eco.com.

Reference: ProjDevSSEG06/22

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Senior Project Development Manager

Genesis Eco-Energy Developments, one of South Africa’s leading renewable energy development companies is hiring a Senior Project Development Manager to join its team in Cape Town.

You will be part of a team that is developing 5GW+ of renewable energy projects in South and Southern Africa – on-shore and off-shore wind, solar PV, storage, hydro and grid solutions. Though your focus is on large scale projects you will also provide guidance and support to the embedded generation team.

If you want to be part of a group that has helped lead, shape and drive the renewables sector since 2001 then this the team to be part of. Our entrepreneurial results-oriented culture enables quick decision-making, encourages a hands-on approach, a high degree of adaptability and flexibility, as well as personal accountability, and provides exceptional opportunities for professional and personal growth, across the Genesis Group of companies. It provides an opportunity for an experienced forward-thinking and creative professional, who is passionate about making a difference to our world, to be part of a company with a purpose.

As a seasoned and experienced project developer with a strong track record of delivery, you will manage projects through the full project development cycle, from early-stage prospecting and acquisition, through development and financial modelling, and ensure projects are ready for commercialisation. We will also require you to play a leading business development role in the company.

Personal Attributes

You are confident, tenacious, achievement oriented yet personable and well presented. Whilst fluent in both written and verbal English you can speak at least one of the other official South African languages. You are a competent team leader capable of achieving results, but when required can work independently, with minimal supervision. Flexibility is critical, as is the willingness to regularly visit sites and comfortably work with a range of stakeholders from community groups through finance houses.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

As an experienced project developer and senior member of the development team, you will be responsible for managing all phases of the Business and Project Development process from assessment of the opportunity, (due diligence, feasibility study, investment memorandum, budgets) through to delivering a portfolio of fully permitted projects.

Specific KPIs include, but are not limited to:

  • Site and project acquisition (whether greenfield or established projects): evaluating, selecting and developing of a portfolio of projects from pre- feasibility through to fully developed, bid ready or bankable projects;
  • Ensure all projects are fully permitted and authorised so that projects are bid ready and bankable, whether for government (national or municipal procurement), private sector tender calls, or bi-lateral and private sector off-take arrangements;
  • Conduct technical due diligence of sites and projects with a particular view to ensuring technical feasibility (based on our site selection criteria), including grid connection solutions;
  • Guide and manage a project development support team ensuring support services to project managers are delivered i.e. resource
    measurement campaigns. GIS support, EIA’s and permitting acquisition,
    project tracking and management;
  • Develop and maintain sound relations with Eskom, permitting authorities, local authorities and service providers to ensure projects are delivered on time, innovative grid connection solutions are developed for projects;
  • Work closely with owners engineers, OEM’s and EPC providers to ensure
    proper specs are provided and project financial modelling is accurate;
  • Provide leadership in preparing and submitting projects to various bidding programmes and tender calls, including finance raising and commercial negotiations.
  • Produce weekly/month project progress reports for senior management.
  • Able to manage a team of 5-6 people.

Qualifications and Certification:

  • Degree in Engineering is preferred (Mechanical or Electrical), Hons or Matsers will be advantageous.
  • A Bcom. Degree or Post Graduate Diploma in business studies, project management (with a focus on renewable energy projects) or energy finance will be highly advantageous.
  • Registration with ECSA or other associated professional bodies is highly advantageous.
  • PMI Certification is a distinct advantage.

Competence, skills and experience:

  • Minimum of 8 years working in Renewable Energy development and / or Project Management with at least 3 at a supervisory or management level.
  • Sound understanding of the energy industry in South Africa and very strong knowledge and understanding of the requirements to develop and bid a project in the South African environment.
  • Well versed in conducting project feasibility studies and motivating projects to senior management and investment teams.
  • Strong experience in managing wind resource assessments campaigns through to preliminary site resource assessment using software such as Wasp, WindPro, Windfarm or similar, is required.
  • Sound understanding of grid connection requirements and managing CEL and budget quote applications to grid operators.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite in particular ability to use Excel for project financial modelling.

As a Senior Project Development Manager you will work closely with and report directly to the Head of Project Development in Cape Town.

Position: Senior Project Development Manager
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Salary: Negotiable, based on experience and qualifications
Type of employment: Permanent, Employment Equity aligned

APPLICATION:

To apply, please forward your CV and a short motivation to the Managing Director, Genesis Eco-Energy Developments at: careers@genesis-eco.com.

Reference: SPDM 06/22

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Head of Project Management Services

Genesis Eco-Energy Developments, one of South Africa’s leading renewable energy development companies is hiring a Head of Project Management Services to join its team in Cape Town.

You will be part of a team that is developing 5,5GW+ of renewable energy projects in South and Southern Africa – on-shore and off-shore wind, solar PV, storage, bio- energy, hydro and grid solutions. Though your focus is on large scale projects you will also provide guidance and support to the Embedded Generation team.

If you want to be part of a group that has helped lead, shape and drive the renewables sector since 2001 then this the team to be part of. Our entrepreneurial results-oriented culture enables quick decision-making, encourages a hands-on approach, a high degree of adaptability and flexibility, as well as personal accountability, and provides exceptional opportunities for professional and personal growth, across the Genesis Group of companies. It provides an opportunity for an experienced forward-thinking and creative professional, who is passionate about making a difference to our world, to be part of a company with a purpose.

As a seasoned and experienced project developer with a strong track record of delivery, you will manage a range of project development activities in support of our field teams, from land securement support, screening, GIS, project design, environmental screening and assessment, resource assessment programmes, engineering and permitting tasks throughout the project development lifecycle from inception to commercial readiness for Genesis projects. Working with our field development team members you’ll help refine and polish the gems.

Personal Attributes

You are confident, articulate, tenacious, achievement oriented and work in a flexible manner to achieve results. You are fluent in both written and verbal English you can speak at least one of the other official South African languages. You are a personable, competent team leader capable of achieving results, but when required can work independently, with minimal supervision. Flexibility is critical, as is the willingness to regularly visit sites and comfortably work with a range of stakeholders from landowners, community groups through to Government agencies and authorities, service providers and finance houses.

Key Roles and Responsibilities:

As head of project management services and senior member of the development team, you will be responsible for managing and overseeing all phases of the Project Development process from assessment of the opportunity, (due diligence, feasibility study, investment memorandum, budgets) through to delivering a portfolio of fully permitted projects.

Specific KPIs include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting the land acquisition team with Initial site screening, constraints analysis and site feasibility assessments;
  • Lead team members and external consultants on resource assessments (solar, wind, storage), design and grid connection considerations;
  • Coordination of efforts in relation to land rights acquisition, including negotiation with landowners (prospecting or land acquisition processes), rezoning and permitting processes, water use rights, and other necessary permits;
  • Coordination of environmental permitting processes (BA, EIA);
  • Ensuring legal compliance with environmental, permitting and related legislation;
  • Support the technical and business development teams throughout the project development process;
  • Full cost management (internal and external) in accordance with defined budgets;
  • Keep abreast of renewable energy and wider power market developments, monitoring market activities in the RE sector and identifying potential opportunities for, and threats to, the company’s strategy through participation in industry association working groups;
  • Keeping up to date with the latest requirements and legislation around the RE sector particularly in relation to permitting regulations, new environmental (incl water and waste, biodiversity offsets, de- commissioning) regulations, and ensuring Genesis development best of breed solutions to mitigate project risks;
  • Guide and manage a project development support team ensuring project development support services to project managers are delivered, i.e. resource measurement campaigns, GIS support, EIA’s and permitting acquisition, project tracking and management;
  • Develop and maintain sound relations with Eskom, permitting authorities, local authorities and service providers to ensure projects are delivered on time, innovative grid connection solutions are developed for projects;
  • Work closely with owners engineers, OEM’s and EPC providers to ensure proper specs are provided and project financial modelling is accurate;
  • Produce weekly/month project progress reports for senior management;
  • Able to manage a team of technical and development specialists.

Qualifications and Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant discipline – an Honours or higher will be an advantage;
  • Sound experience in managing the full life cycle of project development and permitting (3 to 5 years) – site screening and selection, EIA/BA, ecological assessments, environmental management, project permitting applications (WUL, SPLUMA, et) and close out;
  • Registration with ECSA or other relevant professional bodies (EAPASA, etc) is highly advantageous;
  • PMI Certification, or current study toward certification is a distinct advantage.

Position: Head of Project Management Services
Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Salary: Negotiable, based on experience and qualifications
Type of employment: Permanent, Employment Equity aligned

Closing Date: 18th July

APPLICATION:

To apply, please forward your CV and a short motivation to the Managing Director, Genesis Eco-Energy Developments at: careers@genesis-eco.com.

Reference: HOMS 07/22