Shashikant Meghani is a Senior PV Engineer at Solarpro India with immense technical expertise and a proactive, collaborative approach, he navigates challenges in project modifications and tight deadlines with agility and teamwork. Shashikant’s role involves meticulous preparation of technical documents, engaging in client discussions, and steering the project from inception to detailed design phases. Learn more about his journey below.
Tell us more about your role in Solarpro
As a Senior PV Engineer in the team, my role includes both Prebid and Post-bid projects. This involves preparing optimal technical design documents and collaborating with different departments throughout the entire process. The Prebid work includes studying tender documents, preparing a list of queries, engaging in technical discussions with the client to resolve queries, and preparing preliminary designs. The Post-bid work involves creating detailed design documents for the entire plant, participating in technical clarification meetings with the client, and reviewing technical documents proposed by the suppliers.
How does an average day on the job look like for you?
It depends on the ongoing project requirements. It typically starts with checking the mailbox and creating a task list for the day and week, prioritizing tasks based on urgency. We have a small team meeting for an overview of ongoing project tasks. My daily tasks involve preparing technical documents based on tender requirements, reviewing vendor-submitted documents, and attending planned meetings if any.
What’s the most important skill to bring to your position?
For my role, technical and theoretical knowledge is a must, along with good communication within the team and other departments, including clients. Additionally, a logical and creative approach to tasks, adaptability to new technology, and teamwork is essential.
What are the most common challenges you face in your work?
As a team member, we face common challenges working on multiple Prebid and Post projects, each with specific requirements, timelines, and challenges. One significant challenge is modifying designs before deadlines due to unexpected inputs or client-side modifications. Overcoming such situations requires extra effort, involving other team members and adjusting priorities.
How and when did you start working in Solarpro?
I joined Solarpro in mid-July 2021, having previously worked for six years in the same company. I learned about Solarpro through LinkedIn, and the opportunity to work in the EU region intrigued me. Joining the India office, I’m pleased with my choice as Solarpro boasts a well organizational structure, allowing me to collaborate with professionals in every department.
Why did you choose solar energy? What motivates you to work within the renewable sector?
My journey in the renewable sector began during my graduation when a professor suggested a solar-based project. The increasing market demand for solar energy aligned with my growing interest. Joining a company in the renewable sector further fuelled my interest. Solar, as a clean energy source, provides satisfaction in contributing to an environmentally friendly and beneficial energy generation method.
How do you think the PV industry will change in the next few years?
The PV industry is dynamic, influenced by factors like advancements in panel efficiency, government policies, and ongoing energy trends. Awareness about solar benefits has grown, resulting in increased interest. Future developments will include an increased focus on battery storage systems, battery + solar projects, and green hydrogen.
What advice would you give to someone looking to start a job in renewables / to start a job in your position?
The renewable industry’s fast growth offers exponential potential. Success requires adaptability, curiosity toward new technology, and a willingness to learn daily. Those entering the renewable sector have a promising path ahead.
How do you like to spend your free time outside of work?
Outside work, I spend my off-hours with my family. Monthly get-togethers with friends and planned trips to nearby locations during long weekends provide a balance between work and personal life.