Wonder what it is like to work at GES? Read what our employees have to say about it.

Aristotelis Chantavas (33) 
Country Manager, GES Greece

Why did you choose to work for GES?
– I saw that the wide range of services GES offers have great potential in the market, and I was attracted by the challenge of making GES successful in the Greek market and the nearby countries.

What GES project do you think has been the most exciting to be a part of?
– The most exciting project I have been part of is the Sumela BoP project, where professional experts from GES worked together with local experts for the first time in Greece. A great challenge was to apply the strict GES procedures locally – but we made it work!

 

The most strategic project I have been involved in was the Kedros BoP project for Enercon. This was GES first BoP project, for Enercon and it was essential in positioning GES in Greece. It was the beginning of several good client relationships in Greece.

What does it mean to you personally to be part of a global company?
It is a strategic vision of GES that I fully support. I think that the best way to serve a market is to be global with a solid local expertise. That makes us flexible and competitive. When we succeed in this “going global” vision, we will have put the cornerstone in keeping the top position in the global market.

Lorenzo Martinelli (38)
Assembly responsible, GES Italia

Why did you choose to work for GES?
– I was willing to change, in all meanings of the word, and wanted to join the world of renewable energy.

What GES project do you think has been the most exciting to be a part of?
– The most exciting project has for me been the refitting project awarded to GES by International Power, the biggest project ever seen in Italy. The project involved change of rotor, generator and gearbox on more than 300 wind turbines – a multidisciplinary challenge including civil works, assembly, maintenance, commissioning, logistic, crane rental and security on site. Almost 100 persons were involved, working with a tight schedule, with turbines spread all over Italy in 25 different wind farms.

What does it mean to you personally to be part of a global company?
– I previously worked in the oil and gas industry, which is extremely global, so I already have a global mindset. As a global company we must strive to cooperate as close as possible, sharing experiences and points of view.

Carlos Lizarraga (32)
Project Engineer, GES USA INC/United States

Why did you choose to work for GES?
– When I started with GES at the USA office, it was a time where solar construction activity was starting for the company in the United States. I already had some experience with PV installations, so being involved in these projects was a very good match.

What GES project do you think has been the most exciting to be a part of?
– Since I joined GES, each project has been a new challenge. GES activity in solar farm construction in the US started with a 500 kW project almost four years ago, and projects in the United States have been growing in size up to the 20 MW AC Ilumina (Guayama, Puerto Rico) project that has just been interconnected. The main challenges in the Ilumina project have been building the substation and meeting the utility’s interconnection requirements. As projects have been growing with time in size and scope, each of the projects has allowed me to use what I know and learn new things along the way.

Upcoming PV projects in Puerto Rico are also going to be an interesting challenge, as we are venturing into the energy storage arena in order to meet interconnection requirements. I expect that with these projects we will gain a great knowledge in grid integration, given that we are dealing with one of the most stringent grid code requirements in the world.


What does it mean to you personally to be part of a global company?
– It means working with people from different backgrounds, as the United States is a culturally diverse country and in the Construction team there are people from several origins, including USA, Spain and other places.

Also, already having a wide portfolio of projects in Europe and other parts of the world has allowed the USA branch of the company to leverage on that experience and get new customers in the US.

It has also meant interacting with our colleagues in Europe, who have been helping us in specific issues of the projects with their experience.