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Vice President of Development
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: New York
  • Salary: US$170000 - US$200000 per annum
  • Description Vice President of Project Development and Origination My client actively looking for Vice President of Project Development and Origination to join a new business venture
Regional Sales Manager
  • Job type: Permanent
  • Location: Hamburg
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Description My client is a leading Global company with more than 10 years of track record in the industry, specializing in project development, EPC and product manufacturing.

There is a wide variety of roles within the renewable energy sector, including renewable energy manager, energy efficiency engineer, energy manager, project energy engineer, renewable energy associate engineer and technician. Renewable energy professionals are part of the growing sectors of green jobs that involve environmentally friendly production. Renewable energy roles focus on the effective and efficient functioning of equipment that generates, collects, or distributes power through various alternative means. 

Renewable energy managers typically oversee activities within plants to ensure trouble-free operation, checking the required qualities of generated energy, coordinating with plant workers, operators, engineers and supervisors. They assist in preparation of training documents and safety regulations. They should be able to set up mechanical equipment and work with direct and alternating current as well as other modes of power.  

Typical employers include: 

  • Energy agencies and partnerships
  • Higher education institutions
  • Health trusts
  • Large charities
  • Voluntary/community organisations
  • Local government

Renewable energy roles within the commercial sector can be found with:

  • Construction companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Environmental consultancies
  • Nuclear energy companies
  • Utilities companies
  • Retail chains and supermarkets

Job Specification, Salary, Outlook
Renewable energy professionals work to increase the energy production of clean energy sources like solar and wind power. While coal, oil and natural gas remain the main sources of power all over the world, concerns about their effect on the environment and the depletion have lead to increasing use of renewable energy sources such as solar, hydro and wind. Renewable energy professionals install, maintain and repair equipment that provides utilities and power through these new sources.  

So how much do renewable energy professionals earn? It depends on a number of factors, but an average salary for energy engineers, and energy analysts in the United States are $67,748 and $59,578 per year respectively, with a range of $51,070 - $91,338, and $40,919 - $81,643 respectively. Factors that affect the level of salary include job location, technical skills, subject knowledge and academic background. In the UK, an average salary of £28,926 per year for energy engineers, and £27,812 for energy analysts can be expected, with a range of £22,560 - £46,711, and £21,349 - £38,504 respectively.      

Job Description

Renewable energy professionals maximise the energy potential of various energy sources including solar, wind, hydropower and geothermal, and develop and monitor alternative energy outputs. They design, develop, or evaluate energy related programs or projects to improve energy efficiency or reduce energy costs during the designing, remodelling, or building stages of construction. 

Typical Responsibilities:

  • Promoting the use or awareness of alternative or renewable energy sources
  • Researching renewable or alternative technologies or energy systems
  • Collecting data for renewable energy using job site observation, conservation analyses, sub-metering and field inspections
  • Monitoring renewable energy related construction or design issues, such as energy management, energy engineering or sustainable design
  • Advising colleagues or clients on topics such as energy modelling, climate control systems, data logging, energy auditing or sustainable design  
  • Conducting renewable energy audits to identify conservation and to evaluate energy use and cost reduction measures
  • Consulting with clients or other engineers on topics such as leadership in renewable energy or environmental design
  • Directing the implementation of renewable energy management projects
  • Monitoring and analyzing renewable energy consumption
  • Identifying and recommending renewable energy saving strategies to achieve better energy efficient operation
  • Performing renewable energy modelling, verification, measurement and commissioning
  • Preparing renewable energy-related project documentation and related reports
  • Reviewing mechanical, architectural, electrical specifications or plans to evaluate renewable energy efficiency
  • Negotiating or reviewing renewable energy purchase agreements

Key Skills & Qualifications      

Renewable energy professionals require a significant amount of formal training. A bachelor's degree in electrical, mechanical or chemical engineering as well as certification from a state licensing board is also required for most roles.  

Required Job Skills

  • Excellent numerical and technical aptitude 
  • Solid communication skills and self-confidence
  • Ability to manage and stimulate change
  • Project management and analytical skills
  • Enthusiasm and knowledge of renewable energy issues and energy management
  • A driving license is beneficial, as the role can often involve travelling
  • Ability to work in a self-directed and independent manner     
  • Undergraduate degree in a relevant field (science, engineering, business, economics, finance, environmental science or architecture preferred) 
  • Experience working successfully within multidisciplinary teams