Energy Storage Engineer
Give us a brief overview of your role.
I joined the organization two years ago as an energy storage engineer. My main role involves designing for both solar and storage projects. The design incorporates transformer size, cable size, and many other components. I deal with the interconnection applications for various states from the submission stage up until we receive the cost estimate. On certain projects, I assist with commissioning relays, and I often help with maintenance in terms of engineering support.
What led you to a career in Engineering, and more specifically in the renewables sector?
I was always interested in engineering, so I studied electrical engineering in college. It was a simple decision for me – engineering is what I know. In terms of the renewables sector, my last job involved designing parts and conducting arc flash studies. One project brought to our company was the design of a rooftop solar system for one of the sites. I found this really interesting and was fascinated by working on solar sites. After this, I began looking for another job opportunity at companies within the solar or renewables sector.
Tell us one interesting fact about yourself that your colleagues might not know.
I’m a big foodie; I don’t think many people know that about me. My favourite spots to go to are probably Mexican joints. Thankfully my wife is an amazing cook because I don’t cook much.
What is the main thing that you would like to cross off your bucket list?
I want to go skydiving. About a year and a half ago, I went bungee jumping, and I feel like skydiving would be more challenging. I wasn’t scared of heights at all before I went bungee jumping, but now I’m a little more scared, but that’s what makes it so much more fascinating. Maybe one time, when I go home to India, I’ll visit Dubai and go skydiving.
What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
I like to spend my free time with my family and friends, just hanging out with good conversation and a glass of beer. I love to listen to music as well; I’m a big fan of Bollywood music. I like A.R. Rahman – he’s an artist from the movie Slumdog Millionaire. I also love sports. I play cricket, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, and sometimes basketball. I like to play any sport and try new ones. I haven’t had any training or been on official teams, but I do sports often in my free time.
What is a movie that you never get tired of rewatching?
One of the movies I recently watched was An Unfinished Life with Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Lopez. It was a bit slow, but I liked how heartfelt it was; I like movies with strong emotional connections. Interstellar is also a great movie. I typically rewatch comedies like We’re the Millers when they come on TV because those are ones you can never get bored with.
If you could only get delivery or takeout from one local restaurant for the next 3 months, what spot and meal are you picking?
Maybe gnocchi from Scaddabush. I really love it with pesto.