Lucie joined Greensolver in 2016 and works as an Asset Manager and Wind Resource Advisor. She ensures wind assets are monitored and optimized, performs yield studies and liaises with local representatives.

  1. When did you join Greensolver and what does your role involve?

I joined Greensolver in 2016 and I’m in charge of managing the some of the French wind farms. I also did a little bit of solar asset management, but I’m not exactly an expert in that area. My expertise is wind.

  1. Have you worked in the renewable industry before? If so, for how long and what were your previous roles leading up to now?

Yes, I have. I worked for Senvion France for 4 and a half years. I was in charge of site assessments before construction. Every site had to be inspected to determine if the turbine that was chosen by the client was a good fit for the site. If that wasn’t the case, we needed to put something in place to make sure that the turbine would be installed safely.

  1. Do you think that the industry could do more to promote diversity?

In the renewables sector there are a lot of female engineers compared to other engineering industries. However, there are fewer female technicians than men. I’m not sure whether this is because of the industry or because women are not interested by this or there is another reason. But I think this section can definitely improve. In the office there are plenty of women, but the site aspect many be overlooked.

  1. What made you join the renewable energy industry?

I think our generation is more aware about climate change than previous generations. It makes sense for me to be working in something that is part of the solution to this problem. So that’s why I wanted to join. I also like wind turbines, I think they are very fascinating.

  1. What advice would you give to anyone wanting to join the renewable energy industry?

I think it is all about passion and belief. If you believe in what you do, it will be easier to do it. You also need to be curious and embrace change. The renewable energy industry is continuously developing and there are new problems and new solutions to those problems. So I think curiosity and willingness to learn and adapt are also instrumental.

  1. What is your favourite part of your job?

Learning about new things, I would say.

  1. What is your least favourite or most challenging part of your role?

Putting up with people who are not happy with the wind farm that I manage, such as the local residents. It is sometimes frustrating not being able to answer to their requests, especially if they are legitimate. Others have unreasonable demands, so it’s difficult to keep the communication going with these people.

  1. How do you manage it? How do you get past these issues? Does that happen often?

The first step is to inform the people. Most of them are angry because they’ve been misinformed, so it’s important that they have right information. It is then up to them to choose whether to believe it or not. Sometimes that is useless and you know you cannot do anything about it. If they don’t want to change their mind you cannot do anything. It doesn’t happen too often, though, and it usually ends well.

  1. What would you say it’s your favourite part about working for Greensolver?

Greensolver gave me the opportunity to work in asset management, which is very different from what I did before. It’s very interesting to see that you can have an impact and change something in the real world, such as turbines.

  1. Where do you see the future of renewable energy going?

I believe it will grow. The renewable energy industry is now competing with old energy sources. It is a more affordable and environmentally friendly option and the future looks positive. While there are some things that are still not so well received (e.g. people disturbed by the size of the turbines), more and more people are becoming onboard with renewables. If we continue to manage a stable growth using wind, solar, battery technologies, the energy mix will be more green. It is still a new energy source and there are still a lot of things yet to be discovered.

 

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