Project Development Engineer, Solar

Pasadena, CA
Prachi Trivedi

We are seeking an experienced project development engineer to help provide design optimization and technical due diligence for all North American markets as we expand our pipeline. This position reports to the Senior Development Engineer while working closely with the immediate Development team and supporting requests in a timely fashion. Typical system size is 100MW of solar coupled with 50MW of energy storage. This position can be performed remotely and is expected to travel (domestic) up to 15%.

  • Create and maintain drawing packages and project documentation for utility scale PV / BESS plants
    • Maintain the CAD template and suggest improvements for drafting efficiencies 
    • Optimize project design from a land development and permitting perspective (e.g. DC/AC loadings, GCR (ground cover ratio), equipment, land cost, expected COD year, etc.)
    • Provide recommendations for continuous improvements in project designs, plans, processes and product development
    • Produce gen-tie plans and other exhibits as needed from development
  • Assist in all stages of project design including support of the development team 
    • Support of all environmental reviews for all markets 
    • Maintain design criteria for all sites including County, AHJ and regulatory code for all markets 
    • Support of all discretionary permitting for all markets 
    • Support in interconnection discussions both internally and externally for all markets
  • Develop and review energy production models using PV syst and other tools
    • Work directly with industry experts and module and inverter manufacturers to understand the latest technology and yield optimization 
    • Produce 8760s, 24 X 12s and P50s, P90s and P99s as needed 
    • Support BESS modeling to design optimized battery sizing and operation for coupled systems and stand-alone systems for optimized revenue
    • Support siting efforts for new market evaluation 
  • Coordinate geotechnical, wetland and other engineering consultants that are outside of environmental scope. Looking for well-rounded engineer with civil, mechanical and electrical design. 
  • Coordinate interconnection requests and proposals from consultants  
  • In collaboration with other team members, contribute to the completion of proposals to design and deliver photovoltaic and BESS projects
  • Assist project implementation in collaboration with Project Developers during planning and to assure quality and execution according to schedule
  • Work with the Senior Development Engineer for all things technical for procurement execution
  • Work with the Senior Development Engineer for optimized design, EPC pricing and construction readiness 
  • Collaborate with team members to ensure efficiently designed and developed project
  • Collaborate and assist in implementing new software
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in engineering or equivalent technical field
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional design and experience in the Utility-scale solar industry
  • Minimum of 3 years of AutoCAD experience 
  • Minimum of 3 years of energy modeling design (preferably PV Syst) 
  • 1 year in battery storage system development and design, preferred 
  • Looking for a well-rounded engineer with civil, mechanical and electrical design experience
  • Strong in Google Mail, Google Drive, MS Office and Smartsheet 
  • Previous experience managing projects from initial design to installation to construction, preferred
  • Experience in permitting processes with local authorities having jurisdiction, preferred
  • Knowledge of solar industry, regulations, market trends, business models, project development, and/or renewable project finance, highly preferred

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