Development Engineer – Utility Scale


As Sun Tribe’s provider of large-scale renewable energy solutions, Sun Tribe Development partners with utilities, landowners, municipalities, and corporate clients as they move towards a clean, affordable, and resilient energy future. With an emphasis on quality, community-focused projects, Sun Tribe has built one of the most experienced teams in the business, with over 5GW of collective renewable energy experience. The company’s portfolio of PV projects includes front-of-the-meter assets with a scale of 3MW AC to 150 MW AC.



The Development Engineer works alongside Project Developers in a team structure to develop a portfolio of utility scale solar PV and battery storage solutions from project origination to the project monetization. Development Engineers occupy a multi-faceted role and provide technical leadership for projects including identification of initial project locations, preliminary design, production forecasting, permitting, and the interconnection of projects.



The Development Engineer reports directly to the Vice President of Engineering.



  • Demonstrate technical ownership of responsible projects in development
  • Continually seek new equipment and design methodologies for PV and energy storage systems
  • Support project acquisition due-diligence process
  • Utilize GIS based systems for site analysis and site selection, in partnership with Sun Tribe Developers
  • Support landowner contract negotiation through the provision of site feasibility feedback and the creation of external collateral such as site maps
  • Identify appropriate interconnection points on the grid, submit interconnection requests to the applicable utility/ISO/RTO, interpret interconnection study results and negotiate with the utility to identify economic interconnection solutions
  • Creation of preliminary layouts and single line diagrams in AutoCAD, along with accompanying production forecasts in PV Syst
  • Supporting Permitting including land use and zoning (typically Conditional Use Permit / Special Use Permit) via county planning and zoning authorities, as well as any state or federal permits as may be necessary (e.g. VA DEQ Permit By Rule)
  • Maintain a strong understanding of the technical requirements for specific projects, as well as industry trends in design, engineering solutions, equipment types, and technical risks
  • Support the project marketing process by answering technical due diligence questions from potential customers, including working with 3rd party independent engineers to verify technical assumptions
  • Support the modeling of project economics by supplying technical model inputs
  • Perform cost/benefit analysis of design and technology variants to optimize economic and performance outcomes
  • Compile engineering submittals for proposals
  • Management of 3rd party engineering consultants, as needed
  • Develop and maintain project costing models
  • Manage NTP handoff to internal and external EPC teams
  • Other duties, as assigned



  • Impeccable attention to detail and a commitment to quality work product
  • Extremely organized; able to manage a myriad of competing priorities
  • High energy, responds well to pressure, works to deadlines
  • Ability to work on own initiative as well as with a team
  • Proven communication and interpersonal skills necessary for community building internally, and trust building externally
  • Must have integrity, tenacity, and credibility complimented by a bias for action and a strong sense of personal accountability
  • A joyful approach to work and life combined with a sense of humor highly recommended
  • Creativity in problem solving



  • Education: University Degree in Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Structural, or Mechanical)
  • Experience: Minimum of 2 years working in the engineering of utility scale solar projects in the US.
  • Software Experience required: ArcGIS (or similar), AutoCAD, PV Syst (or similar)
  • Broad technical understanding of solar project development, including the ability to perform cost-benefit analyses of design variants to optimize economic outcomes
  • Understanding of the NEC, NESC, relevant electrical codes, building codes, and permitting procedures for large scale solar projects
  • Ability to interpret construction drawings and project documentation for technical requirements.




Applicants should send a resume and cover letter directly to [email protected] with the subject line “Development Engineer – Utility Scale”.

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Sun Tribe is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, political affiliation or belief.

Sun Tribe Solar is a drug-free workplace.