Development Engineer, C&I


At Sun Tribe Solar, we are building a team of the brightest and most passionate individuals and giving them an environment to freely think, create, grow and thrive, resulting in innovative and forward-thinking approaches to solar. Development Engineering’s primary goal is to enable sales through thoughtful client interaction, the creation of technically feasible PV designs, accurate forecasting of production and cost, iterative value engineering, and the introduction of innovative technical solutions. As a Development Engineer at Sun Tribe, you will be responsible for preliminary technical system designs used in proposals for commercial and industrial solar PV and energy storage projects.

Candidates must demonstrate keen interest and knowledge of the solar PV industry and a proven ability to efficiently and effectively multi- task in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment. The Development Engineer works closely with the development and project engineering teams and reports directly to the Senior Development Engineer.


  • Demonstrate technical ownership of responsible projects in development
  • Develop and maintain a thorough knowledge of the Company’s technical design standards and methodologies
  • Perform project feasibility studies
  • Identify technical constraints associated with proposals
  • Effectively represent company while performing technical site visits
  • Create accurate and timely system performance models in PVsyst and Helioscope
  • Evaluate and select equipment to optimize system economics, functionality, reliability, and safety
  • Create preliminary drawings including site plans and system one lines in AutoCAD
  • Compile engineering submittals for proposals
  • Perform cost/benefit analysis of design and technology varients to optimize economic and performance outcomes
  • Bid and manage outside environmental and engineering consultants
  • Develop site constraint plans using civil, environmental, & interconnection considerations
  • Continually seek new equipment and design methodologies for PV systems
  • Develop and update design tools and guides
  • Other duties, as assigned


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering (Civil, Electrical, Structural, or Mechanical)
  • Years of demonstrated experience in Solar PV System Design:
    • Development Engineer 1: 0+ years
    • Development Engineer 2: 1+ years
    • Development Engineer 3: 3+ years
    • Development Engineer 4: 5+ years
  • Understanding of the NEC, IBC, IFC, and other relevant electrical & building codes as they pertain to solar PV design
  • Strong understanding of physical, electrical, and structural construction plans
  • PV system performance modeling in PVsyst or Helioscope
  • Software experience: Google SketchUp, AutoCAD, AutoCAD Civil 3D, ArcGIS (or similar)
  • Strong MS Excel skills
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work well with others in a collaborative team environment
  • Self-motivated
  • Honest, reliable, self-aware and conscientious
  • Strong Planning, organization and prioritization skills
  • Valid state driver’s license, clean DMV driving record
  • Currently holds or is in the process of obtaining NABCEP Certification


Applicants should send a resume and cover letter directly to [email protected] with the subject line “Development Engineer, C&I”

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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