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Environmental and Cost Analyst for Renewable Energy Technologies

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Sectors Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Senior Level
Company Name NREL
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Directory Entry : The National Renewable Energy Laboratory - NREL - is the only federal laboratory dedicated to the research, development, commercialization and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
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Environmental and Cost Analyst for Renewable Energy Technologies
Golden, CO
Temporary Employee - Full Time
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is a leader in the U.S. Department of Energy’s effort to secure an energy future that is both environmentally and economically sustainable. With locations in Golden, Boulder and Washington D.C., NREL is the primary laboratory for research, development and deployment of renewable energy technologies in the United States. The NREL mission is to develop renewable energy and energy efficient technologies and practices, advance related science and engineering, and transfer knowledge and innovation to address the nation’s energy and environmental goals.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, is the nation's primary laboratory for research, development, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. This position is in NREL's Strategic Energy Analysis Center and will work with the sustainability, wind analysis, and the solar manufacturing competitiveness teams. Primary responsibilities will include incorporating literature into new analysis, collecting relevant environmental and economic industry data, developing spreadsheet models on environmental metrics and manufacturing costs for the solar industry. In particular, work will center on the solar industry, including estimating cost metrics (i.e.current manufacturing costs, step by step), estimating performance improvements (i.e. understanding the tradeoff of increased cost and performance improvements), benefit comparison from different industrial processes, and environmental impacts.
•Collect and aggregate data inputs from original sources (i.e. original equipment manufacturers, and equipment suppliers along the entire supply chain – from raw materials through finished, installed electricity generation)
•Calculate step-by-step supply chain costs and performance metrics of a product or service through the entire supply chain, and estimate potential environmental impacts, such as GHG emissions, water use, and petroleum consumption.
•Utilize Excel to build intuitive tools around sustainability and cost metrics.
•Develop levelized cost of energy estimates for renewable energy technologies, particularly solar and wind.
•Evaluate renewable energy technology commercialization, including technical potential, market potential, and relevant policies.
•Conduct objective research that generates independent, high quality, and reproducible results.
•Work under minimal supervision to research, analyze, and communicate issues.
•Work with senior staff and other team members to conceive, design, and create analytical tasks and projects.
•Create technical reports, journal articles, and presentations. It is expected that the delivered work will be of superior quality and will sometimes need to be delivered under aggressive timelines.
•Other aspects of the work will include, but will not be limited to, literature reviews, study of the clean energy manufacturing industry, and the evaluation of sustainability metrics (e.g., emissions, water use, and petroleum consumption).
•Manage assigned budgetary resources.
Relevant PhD or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant Master's Degree and 3 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.

Or, relevant Bachelor's Degree and 5 or more years of experience or equivalent relevant education/experience.
Demonstrated full knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field. Strong leadership, communication, problem solving and project management skills. Ability to use various computer software programs.
• Ability to use Excel for simple Visual Basic codes, pivot tables, lookups, visualization, and econometric analysis.
•Degree in engineering (particularly Mechanical, Manufacturing, and Industrial).
•Demonstrated interest in/experience with environmental issues
•Experience with LCA models.
•Experience with solar wafer, cell,or module manufacturing or project installation.
•Must have experience in creating, developing, and applying analytical models, not just in using models.
•Capability in cost analysis, including but not limited to 1) gathering first order data from manufacturers and equipment suppliers, 2) analyzing the cost of one or more different processes used to manufacture solar cells, wafers, optical equipment for concentration, module production, and 3) estimating the potential efficiency and losses of each manufacturing step.
•Ability to conduct complex quantitative, unbiased analyses meticulously, thoroughly, and efficiently.
•Skilled in managing project timelines and budgets so that milestones are met on time and within budget.
•Writes clear and detailed studies, articles and presentations on findings. Applies extensive engineering technical expertise, and has knowledge of other related disciplines.
•Works under minimal supervision to research, analyze and communicate economic, business, environmental and market issues affecting renewable energy portfolios.
•Experience with renewable energy technologies
• Experience with water resource availability evaluation.
• Programming languages: VBA.
• Database experience with postgreSQL and Access.
• Experience with renewable energy.
• Publications, particularly journal publications.
This is a temporary position. Subsequent extensions may be available based upon the needs of the Lab. Temporary employees at NREL, with an initial assignment of 12 months or longer, are eligible for the following benefits during employment: Paid Time Off, Extended Sick Leave, Short-term Disability, Medical/Dental Insurance, 403(b) Savings Plan matching and Pension benefits based upon all other eligibility rules. Positions with initial assignments of 12 months or longer may be eligible for relocation benefits.
NREL is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. NREL promotes a work environment that does not discriminate against workers or job applicants and prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, marital status, ancestry, actual or perceived sexual orientation, or veteran status, including special disabled veterans.

NREL validates right to work using E-Verify. NREL will provide the Social Security Administration (SSA) and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization. For additional information, please see www.nrel.gov/careers/employment-policies.html.
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