Project Officer 

Solo Energy presents an exciting opportunity for a Project Officer to join an energetic, dynamic and innovative energy business.

Solo Energy is building the power plant of the future – the Virtual Power Plant. A decentralised and 100% renewable energy power plant driven by energy storage, blockchain and the people. We see a bright green future where electricity consumers are given the opportunity to participate in a socially responsible and environmentally friendly energy system, where they can buy, sell and trade energy within the community while also supporting the wider grid network and local renewable energy generators.

Our VPP software platform, FlexiGrid, controls and aggregates home batteries and electric vehicles to operate as a ‘Virtual Power Plant’, allowing energy suppliers to intelligently link energy storage to low‑cost renewable generation and therefore deliver affordable green energy to their customers.

We develop server-side software which remotely controls batteries and smart EV chargers. This involves communicating with high-level third-party APIs and making the correct decisions on how to instruct them.

Solo Energy is currently involved in several exciting projects with high-profile industrial and academic partners in the UK and Ireland. These ground-breaking projects have the potential to be a key catalyst in the next evolution of the electricity system. 

The Role

Solo Energy is seeking an ambitious and success-driven Project Officer to play a key role in the development of our ground-breaking Virtual Power Plant projects. The candidate needs to be a highly self-motivated and confident problem-solver with a high degree of initiative and ability to make strong independent decisions.

The role will be based in Orkney, Scotland but may require a modest degree of travel within the UK. The candidate’s primary role will be Project Officer for Solo’s marquee project, ReFlex, with other projects being added to his or her portfolio in the future.

The candidate should always be prepared to have fun in the workplace while sharing the company’s passion for environmental sustainability and energy decarbonisation. 

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Project Officer for Solo’s marquee project, ReFlex

  • Key point of contact between Solo and the ReFlex consortium members

  • Attend weekly and monthly project consortium meetings and disseminate information to the wider Solo team

  • Coordinate, plan and execute all project duties in a timely manner and in coordination with Senior Management

  • Provide weekly project progress reports to Management team

  • Work closely with Lead Project Coordinator in developing technical and financial modelling of ReFlex and any future portfolio projects

  • Assist management team in securing new project opportunities through the preparation and submission tender applications

  • Develop and maintain lasting relationships with partners, suppliers and consultants

  • Attend internal and external meetings and conferences, as required

  • Carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post

Essential Criteria

  • Hold a relevant degree (or equivalent) in the areas of Engineering, Science, Sustainability or similar

  • Relevant industry experience

  • Project Management experience

  • Experience in technical and financial modelling of energy systems

  • Strong understanding of electrical, electronic, thermal and mechanical systems, circuitry and loads

  • Knowledge of the following areas:

    • Energy conversion, grid integration and control of distributed generation sources

    • Battery storage and EV-charging markets

    • Grid balancing and flexibility markets in the UK and Ireland with a good appreciation of the industry in the global context

    • Energy management and system optimization

    • Techno-economic analysis and policy issues

  • Highly self-motivated and capable of demonstrating initiative and the ability to adapt to change in a continuously evolving business

  • Exceptional communication, organisation and interpersonal skills

  • Possess strong IT skills with adaptability in the use of software platforms.

  • Practically-minded individual with a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning and developing

     

Solo Energy is a wholly owned Subsidiary of Smart Metering Systems PLC (SMS), a company incorporated in Scotland (registered number SC367563) whose registered office is at Second Floor, 48 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow, G2 5TS.

SMS have been at the heart of the UK energy market for over two decades and are playing a critical role in transforming and decarbonising the UK energy system.  As a major energy services and smart metering company with both technology and sustainability right at the very core of their ethos and business model, SMS Plc is committed to delivering the future of smart energy.  They fulfil this vision through their unique energy offering, serving energy suppliers, the industrial and commercial sector, and the wider domestic market to realise both the environmental and financial benefits of smarter energy practice.

SMS are committed to ‘Putting their people first’ and Solo Energy are delighted to be part of this group.

Driven by our People, the Environment, the Future.

Please send CV and Cover Letter to careers@solo.energy