Director of Meteorology
Iberdrola Renewables - Oregon

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Iberdrola
Renewables is seeking a highly motivated and skilled
Director of Meteorology responsible for wind/solar
resource and energy assessment. Organization,
attention to detail, good communication skills, and the
ability to promptly deliver products under time deadlines
are essential.

The
successful candidate will have responsibility for leading

the team to achieve business strategy goals, including:
•
Maintain close communication with Iberdrola Renewables
internal clients.

•
Provide responsive and competent wind/solar resource
assessments.

•
Optimize wind and solar farm designs by balancing the
energy output with site constraints, setbacks,
construction costs, and permit conditions to achieve the
optimum project returns.

•
Evaluate existing and new sites for wind/solar farm
development.

•
Effectively support the site feasibility review and
permitting process for new developments.

•
Siting and deployment of meteorology towers, sodars , lidars ,
solar radiation monitoring stations.

•
Project management of contractors that deploy and
maintain fleet of meteorology towers, sodars , lidars , and
solar radiation monitoring stations.

•
Assist in construction management activities as required
including wind forecasting and weather risk assessments.

Additionally,
as the Director of the team, additional responsibilities

include:
•
Communicate resource needs for BDM, Identify and manage
necessary tools required to maintain industry-leading
meteorological capabilities.

•
Overall technical support the successful development and
operations of existing and new wind and solar farms.

•
Conduct regular reviews with Business Development,
Structuring, Origination, Construction, Asset Management,
and Commercial Operations to establish priorities and
deliverables. Provide consistent and
transparent archived documentation of wind/solar resource
and energy assessments that fully describe the
methodology and assumptions in the derivation of the
expected energy production of a proposed wind/solar farm.

•
Close communications with Iberdrola’s Technical
Division on the implementation by all world-wide business
units of standardized methodologies for wind resource and
project energy assessments.

The
successful candidate will have demonstrated

expertise/proficiency in the following responsibilities:
•
Design state-of-the-art meteorological monitoring
campaigns utilizing towers, sodars , lidars and solar
radiation monitoring stations to secure high quality data
to necessary to conduct accurate wind/solar resource and
project energy assessments.

•
Work closely with business development teams to identify
and assess potential new “greenfield" sites and
potential acquisitions based on available meteorological
observations, numerical model simulations, and
topographic characteristics of an area.

•
Conduct field visits evaluate suitability of prospective
project sites and identify representative locations for
meteorological towers, sodars , lidars and solar radiation
monitoring stations for accurate wind/solar assessment
and modeling.

•
Ensure meteorology monitoring station deployments meet
high quality standards and comply with all internal,
landowners, town, county, State, and/or Federal
requirements.

•
Perform comprehensive, state-of-the-science quality
control screening of meteorological data to ensure
information is sound and defendable for wind/solar
resource and project energy assessment.

•
Conduct detailed scientific analysis of on-site
meteorological data to quantify temporal, horizontal and
vertical spatial characteristics of wind/solar resource.

•
Identify and employ long-term observations from off-site
sources and/or long-term numerical simulations to conduct
Measure-Correlate-Predict (MCP) based long-term
wind/solar resource predictions.

•
Design competent wind/solar farm turbine/module layouts
optimized for energy capture, compliant with design
standards as well as constructability, environmental
considerations of sound and shadow flicker, and site
constraints using advanced Graphical Information System
(GIS) mapping software.

•
Proficiency in setting up, running, and interpreting
predictions of wind speed, wake loss and energy
production from commercially available wind flow models.

•
Proficiency in setting up, running, and interpreting
predictions of solar resource and energy production from
commercially available models such as PVSyst and SAM.

•
Derive long-term expected energy production of a proposed
wind farm based on commercially available wind turbine
power curves and appropriate use of various gross-to-net
loss factors.

•
Validate and derive other supporting statistical metrics
such as expected average monthly and diurnal (12 x 24)
energy production, typical meteorological year (8760)
time series of wind speed or solar radiation and energy
production, and uncertainty values around long-term
expected energy production.

•
Prepare comprehensive wind/solar resource and project
energy assessment reports of a proposed wind/solar farm.

•
Conduct early screening of potential wind and solar farm
sites for site suitability.

•
Prepare meteorological and climate data for submission to
turbine manufacturers for site suitability studies.

•
Critically review and provide comments on site
suitability reports supplied by turbine manufactures.

•
Track status and timing of site suitability analyses by
turbine manufacturers, especially with respect to
contractual obligations for deliverables.

•
Continued involvement with numerous projects as lead
meteorologist from inception through construction and
operation of a wind/solar farm with return site visits,
periodic updating of wind/solar resource and project
energy assessment, and refinement of turbine/panel
layout.

•
Provide critical review of independent third-party
wind/solar resource and project energy assessment
analyses and reports that support potential project sites
and/or wind/solar farm acquisitions.

•
Develop new methodologies and software tools to improve
quantification of wind/solar resource assessment.

•
Work with Asset Management and Commercial Operations to
evaluate operating wind/solar plant performance to
validate and improve wind/solar resource and energy
assessment methodologies, layout design, and loss
accounting.

•
Strong organization skills and the ability to work and
communicate effectively in a timely manner with a
multi-discipline team of personnel.

Requirements:
•
10+ years of experience working with meteorological data.

•
10+ years of first-hand experience conducting wind/solar
energy assessment studies.

•
Proficient in use of standard database, spreadsheet, and
data analysis software.

•
Proficient in data programming languages such as Visual
Basic, FORTRAN, S, S+, R, Matlab , IDL.

•
Proficient with wind resource modeling software (e.g., WAsP ,
WindFarmer , WindPro , PVsyst , SAM).

•
Well versed in wind turbine and solar infrastructure
design specifications.

•
Must be willing to travel to assess potential of project
sites, attend scientific conferences and workshops.

Preference

may be given to candidates with the following:
•
M.S. or Ph.D. in Meteorology or related Physical/Earth
Science, or equivalent additional on-the-job experience.

•
Experience with in-situ and ground based remote
instrumentation and observation techniques, scientific
programming and data analysis techniques, statistical
analysis techniques, technical writing and oral
presentations as well as experience with Geographic
Information Systems (GIS).

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