Contact Information

  • Luis Villegas+Del+Cid
    (775) 895-2859


Results-oriented and forward-thinking engineering leader with over 22 years of experience in the geothermal energy industry. Proven track record of driving operational excellence, fostering innovation, and delivering strategic initiatives. Adept at managing cross-functional teams, optimizing processes, and building strong relationships with key stakeholders.




Reno, NV


Ormat 02/2020 to 12/2022
Business Development manager for Latin America

Negotiated agreements, securing clients for geothermal projects through effective contract processes.
Led expansion, accessing untapped markets for geothermal power plants in Latin America.
Explored and developed new opportunities for geothermal projects within the region.
Collaborated across private and public sectors to unlock diverse avenues for geothermal initiatives.
Ormat 01/2015 to 01/2020
Operation and Maintenance Regional Manager (Central America)

Direct comprehensive Operation and Maintenance (O&M) activities for geothermal power plants in Central America, including Orzunil 20 MW (artesian wells), Ortitlan 20 MW (Guatemala, artesian wells and pumped brine), and Geoplatanares 38 MW (Honduras, first latin America power plant running pumped wells).
Lead a diverse team, offering guidance, training, and support to ensure operational excellence, promote a safety-centric culture and continuous improvement. Coordinate expansion initiatives, drilling operations, and well maintenance efforts to optimize plant performance and efficiency.
Develop and implement strategic plans to enhance O&M processes, minimize downtime, and extend equipment lifespan for sustained and reliable energy production.
Cultivate relationships with key stakeholders, including regulatory bodies, suppliers, and local communities. Represent the company at industry events, contributing to positive partnerships and enhancing the organization's reputation.
Managed budgeting for the region ensuring to comply with internal policies and reducing operation costs while up keeping high performance operation standards.
Ormat 12/2006 to 12/2014
Orzunil power plant manager

Managed daily operations, ensuring efficient electricity generation, overseeing maintenance, and leading a team at Orzunil Power Plant for Ormat. Managed projects civil, mechanical and plant enhancements.
Implemented systems for monitoring and analyzing performance data, identified areas for improvement, and initiated continuous improvement initiatives at Orzunil Power Plant.

Awards and Certifications

•Drilling Techniques Schlumberger 2012
•Management responsibilites under OSHA Truckee Meadows comm college 2008
•Instrumentation and process controls diploma Atigua 2004


• Planning and Execution
• Relationship Management and stakeholder engagement
• Leadership and team management
• Budget management and Financial Analysis
• Negotiation and Deal Closing
• Project management and Operations optimization
• Cross-functional Collaboration
• Data-Driven Decision-Making
• Adaptability and Flexibility
• Regulatory compliance and Environmental Standards
• Problem solving and Decision making
• Excellent communication and presentation skills


Master of Business Administration 2007
Universidad Francisco Marroquin Guatemala
Mechanical Engineering Bachelor 2006
Universidad San Carlos De Guatemala Guatemala