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Technical Engineer – Solar PV – Mini-grids /off-grid – Cape Town

26th Mar 2020
Cape Town, South Africa
Job Type
R680K - R720K CTC per annum
Start Date
Renewable Energy
Job Location - Postal Code
Contact Name
Robert Veith


Are you the Technical Engineer we have been searching for? Do you have over 5 years of experience in solar project engineering? We are looking for a professional with an exceptional understanding of the technical aspects of solar PV to research, evaluate and coordinate the design of solar mini-grid, off-grid and storage systems whilst complying with technical and contractual obligations. Our client is an internationally renowned power producer who is expanding their services to include solar leasing options for rural and industrial sectors. Our client is searching for a professional whose vision resonated with theirs – to provide affordable and accessible clean energy across the developing world. This role will require you to be a part of the entire life cycle of these leased projects, from supporting the procurement process through to the acquisition, delivery and leasing phases of the solar power plants.

Using your advanced interpersonal and multicultural communication skills and networks which you have developed throughout your career in the renewable energy industry, you will effectively communicate, coordinate and liaise amongst different internal engineering teams, external contractors and other stakeholders. Your core responsibilities will include supporting the procurement team in evaluating technical suppliers and ensuring that products are designed according to strictly standardised protocols. You will be involved in setting up and approving equipment assessments and tests, ensuring you purchase and use products which allow for plants to maintain their optimal energy output. Your technical expertise and engineering related education will support you in designing and reviewing product designs through undertaking yield studies and evaluating optimal storage sizes as well as interconnection and transmission principles. With the greater financial good of the entire business constantly on your mind, you will assist the sales team in identifying and screening new business opportunities in the form of power plants.

With an advanced understanding of the renewable energy industry and related legal and contractual obligations paired with excellent English report writing skills, you will negotiate lease agreements and prepare regular progress reports. Finally, it will be up to you to assess and approve final designs ensuring they meet strict technical and legal requirements. Throughout your processes your analytical problem-solving skills will ensure you are able to identify issues as soon as they arise and formulate clever and creative strategies to ensure solar systems operate to their maximum output capacity.

If you have the drive and determination to use your technical expertise to make a tangible change in the lives of rural communities, apply now!

JOB ID: 32241


We offer recruitment, consulting and employment services with a focus on recruitment for renewable energy and environmental jobs in South Africa and Africa at large. AltGen is a renewable energy recruitment agency based in Cape Town which focuses on developing careers for individuals in our niche space.

With an experienced and passionate team with over 100 years of combined experience, AltGen plays an integral role in the South African renewable energy and sustainability industry. We operate throughout the African continent in both anglophone and francophone regions and are rapidly expanding globally. WIth entities in South Africa, Kenya, and Mauritius, we have a direct impact on the continental energy industry.

Our recruitment agency focuses on jobs in: Solar | Wind | Renewable Energy | Biogas | Biomass | Energy Management | Energy Efficiency | Green Buildings | Green Tech | Photovoltaics | Energy Storage | Battery Systems | Off-grid | Hydro | CSP | CPV | IoT | AI | AgriTech | FinTech

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Education Requirements

A degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Electromechanical Engineering is required
Those with master’s level qualifications will be prioritised

Experience Requirements

A minimum of 5+ years of professional experience in an electrical engineering, environmental engineering or electrical transmission/distribution role
Applicants should have experience working on solar PV projects. Those with experience in HFO power generation will be preferred.
Experience designing mini-grid, off-grid and energy storage systems is essential


Applicants should have received their Project Management Certificate


You will be required to research, evaluate and coordinate the design of solar mini-grid, off-grid and storage systems whilst complying with technical and contractual obligations
Your core responsibilities will include supporting the procurement team in evaluating technical suppliers and ensuring that products are designed according to strictly standardised protocols
You will assess and approve final solar designs ensuring they meet strict technical and legal requirements


With a passion for bringing affordable and clean energy to rural areas, you should be willing to travel extensively across the developing world tending to lessee needs on site visits
Business acumen is essential to ensure that you are putting the firms overall financial priorities at the forefront of your every action
We are looking for an analytical thinking, logical professional able to solve complex problems at the drop of a hat
Your excellent communication and networking skills will be necessary as you engage with and interact with a variety of external and internal as well as public and private stakeholders. In addition, good report writing skills are essential for reporting on project phases.
Knowledge of Spanish, French and / or German will be preferred
You should have good judgement skills, and an ability to lead and work across a multifaceted group of teams
Applicants should have a deep understanding of the renewable energy industry and power market in Africa, complimented by sound knowledge of contractual obligations and requirements related to energy generation
Applicants much have a valid driver’s licence
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