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BIOTHERM ENERGY BACKGROUND & ELECTRICAL ENGINEER JOB DESCRIPTION

BioTherm Energy is a leading African Independent Power Producer, focused on wind and solar renewable energy projects.  The company builds, owns and operates large scale generation facilities. We continue to identify, develop and evaluate projects on an ongoing basis, building out a robust pipeline throughout the continent.
Our team comprises a number of industry experts in a variety of disciplines including finance, engineering, project finance, structured finance, project management and asset management. The current headcount within the Group is 50 employees and will continue to increase for the next three years.
In October 2008 BioTherm Energy raised funding of US$150M from a US$8B Private Equity Firm called Denham Capital (www.denhamcapital.com) out of Boston, USA.  The funding is being used to develop projects and serve as equity injection into each project, which will allow us to build a pipeline of Projects.
In 2011, we were awarded three projects (two solar and one wind) by the Department of Energy under the South African Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Program (REIPPP).  The construction of all three projects was successful and the projects reached Commercial Operations within budget and on time.  The two solar plants of 10MW each are located Northern Cape, while the 27MW wind project is located near Caledon in the Western Cape.
BioTherm Energy also developed and owns and operates a 4.2MW waste gas plant at PetroSA in Mosselbay that has been operating for a number of years.
Recently, BioTherm was appointed as a preferred bidder for three projects (283.5MW) in Round 4 of the South African Renewable Energy IPP programme. These include the 120MW Golden Valley Wind facility, 32.5MW Excelsior Wind Facility, 45MWp Aggeneys Solar PV and 86MWp Konkoonsies II Solar PV Facility.
In addition, to being appointed as preferred bidder for the wind and solar projects in South Africa, the company has also garnered success in the rest of Africa. It was successful on four solar power projects in Zambia and has secured two solar projects in Burkina Faso. BioTherm Energy was also finalist in the Ugandan GET FiT solar facility program and is actively developing Greenfield opportunities in East and West Africa. BioTherm will continue to expand its portfolio in both South Africa and the rest of Africa.

Electrical Engineer
Overview
1. Eskom Distribution level grid experience. Transmission level grid experience will be an added benefit
2. The candidate must have had experience in managing the Eskom budget quote process which included the Use of Systems agreement and the Self Build agreement
3. The candidate must have been exposed to electrical construction of a renewable project during which the candidate managed the relationship between Eskom, an EPC contractor and the project owner with respect to connecting the project to Eskom’s grid and grid compliance testing.
4. The candidate must have a technical understanding of the NERSA RETEK grid code compliance process for renewable energy projects. 
5. The candidate must also be willing to travel into Africa to work on our projects. BioTherm want a candidate who is willing to work hard, can run on his/her own and able to work as part of an entrepreneurial team.

Requirements
The successful candidate for this role will have electrical engineering experience in the solar and wind energy space.
• Bachelor’s Degree (or similar qualification combined with experience) in Electrical Engineering.
• Minimum 5 years work experience (excluding the Engineer in Training period).
• Ability to manage time effectively and strong project management skills.
• Knowledge of the South African REIPPP Program.
• BioTherm would prefer someone who has had hands on experience with a developer or IPP s.
• Good writing skills. 

Please submit your CV to: careers@biothermenergy.com


Applicants who do not meet these requirements will not be considered.

If you would like to apply for the above positions please fill out our CV submission form HERE

 

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BioTherm Energy
Building 1,
Ground Floor Design Quarter District
Leslie Ave East, Fourways
2055
South Africa
+27 (0) 11 367 4600