Solar PV Engineering Intern
Scout Clean Energy is a leading US renewable energy developer, owner and operator headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Scout is developing a MW portfolio of over 5,000 MW of wind, solar and energy storage projects across 11 US states. Scout is an owner-operator with expertise in all aspects of renewable power project development, permitting, power marketing, finance, construction and asset management. Scout is a portfolio company of Quinbrook Infrastructure Partners.
Scout is made up of renewable energy industry veterans who are making a difference in our world. Our team’s work ethic is second to none. We identify problems, create solutions, and deliver them professionally to our customers, stakeholders, partners and one another. We do the right thing when no one is looking because we are committed to our collective success and because we believe that our uncompromising integrity is key to the collaborative relationships that drive our business.
This paid role will support the Engineering and Procurement team’s expanding engagement with solar technology. Our intern will leverage their engineering, research, and design skills to identify better approaches to one of three key challenges in the utility-scale solar industry. The intern will report directly to the Senior Manager of Engineering.
The main focus of the internship will be a research project in one of three areas of solar technology and its in-field applications.
- Solar Tracker Evaluation – A number of solar trackers are available in the market to increase the efficiency and output of PV systems. With this project, you will help assess technical and economic considerations for a subset of these options to inform Scout’s PV project design. Initially, you will conduct a market review to determine the products with current and emerging availability. You’ll feel comfortable working closely with the OEMs to understand each product’s technical and economic specifications. You will conclude the project by implementing a cost-benefit analysis for each product and establishing standards for Scout’s future projects.
- Deliverable: A cost-benefit analysis and design requirements to inform Scout’s preferred vendor list and tracker strategy.
- Targeted majors: Mechanical or electrical engineering, physics, or math.
- Solar Levelized Cost of Energy Optimization – Optimizing the output of our PV projects allows us to reduce cost and produce more solar power. That means we can make an even more positive impact on the world. With this project, you will use your software development skills to build a tool to optimize the levelized cost of energy for any given PV project. You would add functionality to our solar performance modeling software that enables it to develop the best PV plan layouts, considering both the built-in energy resource information and a variety of cost considerations custom-built for Scout.
- Deliverable: A program developed in Python that interfaces with our solar performance modeling software’s API.
- Targeted majors: physics, math, electrical engineering, computer science, or another physical science.
- AdFreeze Mitigation – Frost and hard freezes can cause significant challenges for ground-mount PV installations. Persistent freezes in certain soils causes disruption to the foundation of the solar system which can distort and damage PV panels, racks, and other components. With this project, you will work closely with geotechnical and structural engineering consultants to identify and assess benefits and drawbacks for several mitigation options to inform Scout’s decisions about how to manage this issue in its own projects.
- Deliverable: Cost-benefit analysis and design requirement documentation using a sample Scout PV project to demonstrate the feasibility of adfreeze mitigation solutions.
- Targeted majors: civil, structural, or mechanical engineering.
We will work with our chosen intern to assess which project is the best fit based on their skills and interests and Scout’s priorities at the time.
The results of each project will provide lasting impact for Scout since they will inform decisions about PV projects that we are designing to last for 20+ years.
In addition to their core project, we plan to provide the intern with two other types of professional development:
- Secondary research project – You will have the opportunity to collaborate on a smaller research project with the Sr. Engineering Manager and then complete it during the internship. (Approx. 15% time)
- Industry exposure – Our Engineering and Procurement team will invite you to shadow them during certain meetings in order to provide you with additional insight into key industry trends and challenges. (Approx. 15% time)
Timeline and Location
This internship will begin in early to mid-May 2021.
We anticipate a 40-hour-per-week commitment for 10-12 weeks.
Our ideal candidate will be comfortable working remotely as long as required due to the COVID-19 situation and would also be willing to work at our Boulder office when state and local guidelines allow it.
- Working towards or recently completed a bachelor’s degree in Engineering or another STEM field.
- Interest in the renewable energy industry, specifically the operation of utility-scale solar farms.
- Demonstrated commitment to excellence in delivery and in results.
- A basic understanding of solar power is required; hands-on experience is optional.
- Intermediate to advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office, especially Excel. The successful intern will have experience with using formulas, macros, and pivot tables.
- Dynamic verbal and written communication skills that are appropriate for a professional setting.
- Ability to work independently without direct supervision.
- Depending on the project, advanced Python skills may be necessary.
- Authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship.
- Boulder County resident.
Characteristics of Successful Scout Team Members
- Integrity. Ethical professional who does the right thing even when it is difficult.
- Initiative. Resourceful self-motivator with exceptional leadership and organizational skills.
- Intelligence. Perpetual learner with the ability to solve problems and make informed decisions quickly.
- Work Ethic. Productive team member who desires to work in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment to meet deadlines and get things done.
- Team Focus. Purpose-driven colleague with strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to working across organizational boundaries to deliver on shared team goals.
Invitation to Diverse Candidates
Scout seeks to develop a diverse and inclusive team of professionals. We encourage applications from all demographics and especially those that are traditionally underrepresented in the energy industry.
Invitation to Veterans
Scout welcomes veterans of the United States Armed Forces to apply for this position. Scout includes veterans of all branches and a diverse set of occupational specialties. We value the independent thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork that our veterans have developed through their service. We welcome applications from any service and any military occupational specialty.
Hourly rate: $20/hour
Please send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com.
For more information: www.scoutcleanenergy.com