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PV Plant Performance Analyst at First Solar Electric LLC

Posted in Architecture 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Tempe, Arizona

Job Description:

Our high growth and leadership position in the renewable energy business offers outstanding opportunities to individuals seeking an exciting work environment in one of the most important industries for the 21st century. First Solar is a leader in the development and manufacturing of thin film solar modules used in grid-connected solar power plants, as well as a provider of complete solar generation solutions for U.S. utilities. Our culture is one where teamwork, continuous improvement, achievement of results, and environmental responsibility are core values. We are seeking new associates who are motivated to contribute their talents to making cost-effective solar energy an important part of the world’s energy mix.


Primary Job Functions:

We’re changing the world. Let us start with yours.

First Solar’s Energy Services unit seeks candidates who believe in our mission of providing cost-advantaged solar services through innovation, customer engagement, industry leadership and operational excellence. Members of the Energy Services team have a direct hand in offsetting carbon emissions from traditional energy sources by ensuring that our customers’ power plants are available and performing at optimal levels. Every year, power plants managed by First Solar produced over 11 terawatt hours of clean, renewable energy. This is equivalent to powering 1.2 million homes and removing 1.7 million cars from the road.

The Energy Services team looks for individuals who enjoy contributing to an innovative, forward-thinking team, are effective problem solvers, data and results driven and continuously look for ways to improve processes to help us lead the world’s sustainable energy future.


  • Previous experience participating in research projects

  • Prior experience performing data driven components analysis or engineering system analysis

  • Previous experience in using and/or designing, building, and/or improving software and/or data acquisition, extraction and/or analysis tools.

  • Previous experience using and/or contributing to open-source software preferred


  • Bachelors in a Business or Technical field of study (Electrical Engineering or Computer Science preferred)

Required Skills:

  • Proficiency with Excel and all other Microsoft Office Suite programs required

  • Proficiency with Python (or MATLAB), SQL and/or Git preferred.

  • Able to identify problems, develop solutions, conduct analysis independently and in collaboration with others

  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to prioritize and execute multiple projects and tasks

  • Desire to expand skill set and learn new data analysis tools

Essential Functions & Responsibilities

  • Analyze large data sets generated by PV Plants, creating graphs identifying trends and outliers, and performing numerical analyses of the data.

  • Follow direction and collaborate with Performance Engineering team members to provide time sensitive communications and data to internal customers  

  • Ability to effectively correlate and clearly communicate in spoken words and writing connections between monitored data, calculated metrics, and local plant activities is essential

  • Develop and document analysis calculations

  • Document and standardize data and metrics generation/verification procedures and processes

  • Available to travel periodically to remote PV Plant and Owner/Customer locations, 5-10%

  • Other duties as assigned

  • Job Description subject to change at any time

Office Physical Requirements (Primary):

All positions in our office require interaction with people and technology while either standing or sitting. In order to best service our customers, internal and external, all associates must be able to communicate face-to-face and on the phone with or without reasonable accommodation. First Solar is committed to compliance with its obligations under all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting employment discrimination. In keeping with this commitment, it attempts to reasonably accommodate applicants and employees in accordance with the requirements of the disability discrimination laws. It also invites individuals with disabilities to participate in a good faith, interactive process to identify reasonable accommodations that can be made without imposing an undue hardship.

Project Site (non-craft) Requirements (Secondary):

•     Will sit, stand or walk short distances for up to the entire duration of a shift

•     Will climb stairs on an occasional basis

•     Will lift, push or pull up to 27 pounds on an occasional basis

•     Required to use hands to grasp, lift, handle, carry or feel objects on a frequent basis

•     20/40 vision in each eye, with or without correction, is required

•     Must be able to comply with all safety standards and procedures

•     May reach above shoulder heights and below the waist on a frequent basis

•     May stoop, kneel, or bend, on an occasional basis

•     Ability to wear personal protective equipment is required (including but not limited to; steel toed shoes, gloves, safety glasses, hearing protection, protective jacket or apron and arm guards)

Please note: potential candidates will meet the education and experience requirements provided on the above job description and excel in completing the listed responsibilities for this role.   All candidates receiving an offer of employment must successfully complete a background check, pre-employment drug screen, and any other test that may be required for the role.


Equal Opportunity Employer Statement: First Solar Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.