GRID is seeking an experienced commercial solar design engineer to focus on both rooftop and ground-mounted projects in the 25kW-10mW range. The position will play a key role in the development, implementation, and management of commercial scale projects across multiple states. This position will play a critical role in GRID’s effort to scale up our triple bottom line impact through community and multifamily affordable housing solar projects.

This position will help achieve organizational success by supporting the origination, construction, and O&M teams throughout the entire project cycle. The position will report to the Director of Business & Project Development and sit on GRID’s National Community Solar Team.


  • Create solar photovoltaic plan sets for turnkey rooftop and ground mount installations between 25kW to 10mW
  • Analyze project priorities and constraints to create optimized code compliant designs for projects to be delivered on time and budget.
  • Support the project origination team through a rapid design and modification process, generation analysis, site and permitting analysis, interconnection studies, and customer facing design proposals and estimates.
  • Analyze interconnection potential of sites, and lead interconnection application/negotiation process with utilities
  • Support regional construction teams by preparing project take-offs, costing, and BOM as well as providing input on site surveying, permitting, inspections, commissioning and O&M
  • Collaborate with GRID’s procurement team to ensure project equipment is purchased to meet project design, budget and timeline requirements
  • Collaborate with GRID’s operations team to develop and manage software tools to streamline commercial design and permitting process as well as decrease costs.
  • Procure, manage, and collaborate with engineering and design subcontractors to optimize designs, meet tight timelines, and obtain stamped drawings when needed
  • Ensure strict adherence to industry best practices, National Electrical Code standards, quality control, and superior engineering protocols throughout the lifecycle of solar assets
  • Support system optimization efforts by critically analyzing current design and installation practices, equipment selection, specifications, and plant performance
  • Train junior engineers and designers for proficiency in the process of commercial design
  • Experience with commercial (at least 1MW)  PV system design, technical feasibility assessments, and project flow
  • Strong software skills in Excel, NREL SAM or PVSyst, Helioscope, Sketchup or AutoCAD
  • Ability to quickly read and understand project building plans and construction schematics
  • Experience with data analysis and particularly solar resource analysis and generation modeling
  • Strong understanding of structural, electrical and civil codes
  • Proven ability to work cross-functionally in a high stakes and fast passed environment, and deliver results when working independently or collaboratively
  • Excellent communication skills (ability to work with volunteers and clients, ability to represent GRID Alternatives positively to diverse populations and stakeholders)
  • Ability to manage heavy task load with competing priorities
  • Flexibility and willingness to embrace change, go the extra mile, and bring ideas and energy to rapidly growing organization
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends, and travel to regional offices as needed (likely 4-5 trips per year)
  • Experience in GRID regional markets a plus (CA, CO, DC/Mid-Atlantic, Tri-state)
  • Valid driver’s license and clean driving record
Preferred Qualifications:
  • NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification (or ability to obtain within 12 months.)
  • Professional Engineering licensing
This position may be located in GRID’s Denver or Oakland offices. Some travel will be required (5-10%, depending on location).
This is a full-time position, compensation commensurate with experience.
Medical, Dental, Vision/Eye Care insurance, 5 weeks paid time off (PTO), 12 paid holidays, Commuter Checks, 403B retirement plan, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), STD&LTD, and yearly Professional Development funds to further education up to $600.
To Apply:
Submit both a resume and a cover letter describing your interest. Due to the high volume of inquiries, mailed and emailed applications are not accepted. Please do not call and/or email requesting an update. View original job posting here.
GRID Alternatives provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability or genetics.
Women, reentry individuals, and people of color are urged to apply.