Solar Site Lead Technician – EDP Renewables, CA, USA

Solar Site Lead Technician – EDP Renewables, CA, USA

Description: Solar Site Lead Technician – EDP Renewables, CA, USA


The Site Lead Technician will be responsible for the on-site operations, maintenance, repairs, and replacement of solar field equipment at EDPR NA’s operating solar-energy generation site.  You will also perform Lock out Tag out (LOTO), Tail Board meetings, and job-specific documentation that is required to conduct solar maintenance in the safest manner possible.

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Additionally, you will perform inspections of equipment, tools, and facility for compliance with EDPR’s policy and Governmental Safety and Environmental regulations. It is necessary for this person to be a self-motivator who can lead a team to conduct small corrective repairs and execute EDPR’s solar maintenance strategy.

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Main Accountabilities: Solar Site Lead Technician – EDP Renewables, CA, USA

Ensure proper operation and maintenance of solar field equipment and associated solar plant components including inverters, tracker systems, transformers, PV panels, substations, switchgears, access roads, fences, and security systems

Supervise a team of 1 to 4 technicians to execute preventative and corrective maintenance

Proactively look for improvement opportunities to job-appropriate processes and procedures and communicate through appropriate channels to implement improvements using the Management of Change Protocols

Read schematics in order to troubleshoot complicated mechanical and electrical, problems with inverters, tracker control systems, PV panels, and components

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Perform mechanical and electrical component repair and replacement of parts to correct malfunctions in accordance with all pertinent manufacturers’ requirements

Effectively gather information regarding solar performance/issues

Diagnose, recommend, and implement solutions up to intermediate routine issues

Seek assistance when encountering  issues outside the trained skill level to ensure success in the resolution

Comply with all pertinent environmental health and safety programs

Act as a safety role model by encouraging and recognizing others completing safe acts and intervening when unsafe acts are being practiced

Identify gaps in safety standards and safety risks in the environment

Implement effective risk mitigation and provide recommendations to higher-level technical staff and management

Promote integrity, strong initiative, and a no-compromise focus on safety and quality of work on a continuous basis

Perform preventive maintenance in accordance with OEM maintenance manuals

Perform data collection and prepare reports in order to meet reporting requirements

Work with and respond to EDPRs Remote Operations Control Center when necessary

Perform QA/QC inspections in accordance with applicable SOP

Ensure that reliable electronic communication is maintained between the solar field, substation, site office, and home office

Facilitate periodic equipment inspections and reporting

Document all work performed using computer-based service reporting procedures (SAP)

Adhere to effective internal controls

Supervise contractors onsite to ensure compliance with all EDPR’s policies and procedures

Additional duties as required

Direct reports: 1-4

Travel: Minimal, as needed

Minimum qualifications: Solar Site Lead Technician – EDP Renewables, CA, USA

High School Diploma or GED required. 

1+ years of college or technical school education, or an equivalent combination of training and experience

2 – 5 years relevant experience in solar energy or a related industry, Renewable energy experience is a plus.

Experience with power plant operations and maintenance, solar plant operations (including power converters specifically), high-voltage switching, and post-operational repair and maintenance of solar field components preferred

Ability and willingness to travel occasionally to other operational sites within the US as needed

Behavioral requirements: Solar Site Lead Technician – EDP Renewables, CA, USA

Ability to operate a motor vehicle and possession of a valid driver’s license

Ability to work in adverse weather conditions

Ability to work around low- and medium-voltage equipment

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists

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Ability and willingness to work overtime on holidays and weekends and to work on short notice as needed due to on-call scheduling

Ability and willingness to respond to site emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, as needed 

Physical demands & working conditions: Solar Site Lead Technician – EDP Renewables, CA, USA

Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to frequently perform physical tasks including standing, sitting, walking, kneeling, bending, twisting, squatting, and reaching approximately 75% of the time while on solar farm sites; ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment

Walking:  Ability to walk .25 to .5 miles per day, including across unpaved and rough surfaces when on solar farm sites

Speech/Reading:  Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written verbal, diagram, or scheduled form

Lifting: Ability to frequently lift items weighing up to 50 pounds


Weight must be between 125 and 275 pounds, excluding equipment/gear worn when performing job-related tasks, to be in accordance with the ANSI Fall Protection Standards.

Vision/Hearing: Ability to interpret and follow a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form

Tolerance to Extreme Weather Conditions: Ability to work in adverse weather conditions 25% of the time while on solar farm sites

Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary


Education: Solar Site Lead Technician – EDP Renewables, CA, USA


High School or better.


Technical/other training or better.

Vocational Training or better.



2-5 years: relevant experience in solar energy or a related industry, Wind/Solar energy experience is a plus.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)




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Simon Tyrus Caine is a solar energy expert with more than 10 years experience in the solar sector. Simon has worked and lived in more than 5 countries. Simon has been involved in solar installations, solar project development, solar financing as well as business development in the solar sector. At SolarEyes International, Simon manages content development and day to day operations of the organisation.

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