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If you have a position to fill, send a posting (including a brief description, contact information, qualifications, and application deadline) to: contactisea@illinoissolar.org

Updated: May 19, 2022 (newest at the top, oldest at the bottom)


Job Opportunities with GRNE Solar

Positions: Various; See below

Posted by ISEA: May 19, 2022

Overview: 

Since 2012, GRNE Solar has been designing and installing commercial and residential solar systems across the Midwest. With our rapid growth, our team is ready to welcome several experienced and driven people to join our team to ensure proper procedure and excellent customer service. These positions are for people-oriented individuals who are focused on adding value to our customers.  All these positions are full-time and include a comprehensive benefits package.

For more information and to apply, please click on the job link provided or visit our Career Page at  https://www.grnesolar.com/workwithus

Commercial Estimator – Palatine, IL

Inspection & Service Technician - Elk Grove Village, IL

Inventory Control Specialist - Elk Grove Village, IL

Commercial Solar Installer - Elk Grove Village, IL

Solar Sales Consultant - Bloomington, IL

Branch Manager - St. Louis, MO

Solar Sales Consultant - St. Louis, MO


Job Opportunity with the Coalition for Community Solar Access (CCSA)

Position: CCSA Regional Director, Midwest - Flexible, Midwest, preferably IL, MI, WI or OH

Posted by ISEA: April 27, 2022

Overview: 

The Coalition for Community Solar Access (“CCSA”) is seeking qualified applicants for a Regional Director to cover the Midwest US region, with a primary focus on Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio. The anticipated start date for this position is immediate. CCSA is a growing organization working to open, protect, and serve markets for community solar across the country.

The Midwest Regional Director will serve as lead for all community solar market campaigns in the Midwest with a focus on IL, WI, MI, and OH. The Midwest Regional Director will guide development and implementation of community solar programs to meet organizational Core Principles and ensure market best practices. The Midwest Regional Director will report to CCSA’s Vice President of Campaigns. CCSA is a fast paced, mission driven, collegial, and fun work environment. The ideal candidate will share CCSA’s mission to expand access to solar for all, and fit the fast paced and self- starting culture.

Qualifications:

  • Strong experience in electricity market dynamics, renewable energy, and solar energy policy

  • Ability to guide policy and market goals in state regulatory processes

  • Ability to efficiently manage CCSA Member input within organizational Committee process; working alongside the Board of Directors, Members and broader coalitions of local stakeholders

  • Ability to co-lead thought leadership development of policy positions of CCSA with the Vice President of Campaigns

  • Preferred, but not mandatory - proven track record of running and winning legislative campaigns including managing lobbyists, building coalitions, and running public affairs and communications campaigns

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the resident expert for community solar throughout the Midwest

  • Represent CCSA at in person and virtual legislative, regulatory and stakeholder events and manage and co-produce written comments in regulatory proceedings (primarily state-level)

  • Run regular CCSA state committee calls and manage member feedback on legislative and regulatory efforts in Midwest states (IL, MI, WI, OH)

  • Direct existing legislative campaigns to bring community solar to Michigan, Wisconsin, and Ohio

  • Manage and build coalitions of external stakeholders including allied industry organizations and NGOs to win in state legislative campaigns

  • Manage local lobbying teams to ensure successful execution of priorities

  • Manage local communications efforts to support policy priorities

  • Provide input into long-term planning for industry and organization

  • Develop and deliver periodic reports and updates to membership about plans and efforts in your state/region

  • Provide feedback and basic support to VP of Campaigns and Senior Director, Operations and Membership in efforts to recruit and retain Members, and raise non-Member dues revenues

Requirements:

  • Minimum 7+ years working in electricity markets, with focus on solar energy policy
  • Strong communications and strategic instincts
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills
  • Significant experience working in state regulatory processes
  • Potential for ~30% travel requirement to state capitals across the country (total travel time depends on where the candidate is based and cadence of state campaigns)
  • Self-starter, with strong political instincts, and ability to work remotely and while traveling
  • Familiarity with state lobbying ethics rules and responsibility to file appropriate registrations and disclosures

Compensation & Benefits:

  • Competitive salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge and skills of applicant, and alignment with market data.
  • This position includes a competitive benefits package. Benefits include a company sponsored, flexible reimbursement plan for health/dental/vision insurance benefits. The reimbursement plan covers up to 100% of premiums for employees and their families, in addition to co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses. We also offer paid parental leave, professional coaching opportunities, a flexible work schedule, and the opportunity to participate in a 401(k) plan.
Learn more and apply by clicking here


Job Opportunities with CED Greentech Midwest

Positions: Inside Sales Account Managers - Hammond, IN; Indianapolis, IN; Cedar Rapids, IA; Columbus, OH

Posted by ISEA: April 25, 2022

Overview: 

CED Greentech is the nation’s largest distributor of solar equipment. Our customers are the solar companies that are out in the field, directly helping businesses and homeowners go solar. We help them grow their business and increase energy efficiencies in strategic markets.

CED Greentech is a privately held and family-owned company that differentiates itself by providing a unique customer experience to electricians, general contractors, solar installers and more. We specialize in solar PV and energy storage for residential and commercial markets.

CED Greentech is looking for experienced Inside Sales Representatives to service our existing and new customer base. Candidates will assist customers in person, via email, and on the phone. You will be responsible for seeing through all stages of a solar sale from quoting to coordinating shipping for an on time arrival. If you are looking to get into sales in the nation's fastest growing industry and serve customers by doing more than just cold-calling, this is the position for you! Signing bonus included in offer of employment!CED Greentech is looking for experienced Inside Sales Representatives to service our existing and new customer base. Candidates will assist customers in person, via email, and on the phone. You will be responsible for seeing through all stages of a solar sale from quoting to coordinating shipping for an on time arrival. If you are looking to get into sales in the nation's fastest growing industry and serve customers by doing more than just cold-calling, this is the position for you! Signing bonus included in offer of employment!

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Team-player
  • Two years sales experience preferred, experience in Solar is a bonus

Responsibilities:

  • Provide outstanding customer service to both current and potential customers
  • Write orders with accuracy and in accordance to all sales policies and procedures
  • Communicate and cooperate with Outside Sales team and other departments to ensure accuracy and efficiency of your orders
  • Timely communication with customers and colleagues on orders, quotes, and materials
  • Maintain up-to-date awareness of new and existing products and services

To apply: send a resume to marketing@cedgreentechmw.com


Job Opportunities with ENGIE Distributed Solar & Storage

Positions: Civil Engineering Manager, Manager of Project Delivery, Project Management I, Project Management II, Project Management Senior, Origination Senior Advisor - Utilities, Senior Developer, Policy & Development Intern, Sales Intern - Chicago, IL

Posted by ISEA: April 18, 2022

Overview: 

ENGIE North America isn’t just participating in the Zero-Carbon Transition, we’re leading it!  Join us as we develop energy that is more renewable, more efficient, and more accessible to everyone. 

Unite with us in leading the transformation of the world of energy!  ENGIE is looking for talented and motivated individuals to create the future of energy and customer solutions.  Join a rewarding and flexible work environment that encourages innovation and creativity to help customers meet their energy challenges today and in the future.  Are you up for the challenge?

Select Positions:

Civil Engineering Manager:  manages a team of 5 Civil Engineers and will be accountable for all aspects of Civil design and site layouts for ground-mounted solar PV and battery energy storage installations.

Manager of Project Delivery:  leads a team of up to ten Project Managers, who oversee subcontractor-led construction and commissioning activities for distributed solar and/or energy storage projects.

Project Management I:  coordinates preparation for, and installation of, solar photovoltaic systems and energy storage systems.

Project Management II:  leads preparation for, and installation of, solar photovoltaic systems and energy storage systems.

Project Management Senior:  PM responsibilities plus advisory and mentorship of junior project delivery members

Origination, Senior Advisor – Utilities:  develops, mature and close contracts for power offtake related to ENGIE’s portfolio of distributed solar and storage projects

Senior Developer:  supports a broad range of pre-construction development activities on projects within ENGIE’s portfolio of solar assets.

Policy & Development Intern:  supports the Policy and Development teams through research, analysis, communication, and the execution of project development activities.

Sales Intern:  support sales campaigns to new customers and prospects

Search here for additional open positions and contact madeleine.klein@engie.com with questions.


Job Opportunities with the Illinois Power Agency (IPA)

Positions: Communication Specialist, Communication Associate, Planning and Procurement Analyst, ILSFA Program Associate - Chicago, IL

Posted by ISEA: April 18, 2022

Overview: 

The IPA is an independent state agency established under Illinois law in 2007. It is charged with preparing annual electricity procurement plans and managing power purchases for residential and small commercial customers of Illinois electric utilities.

The IPA is also responsible for the implementation of the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard (“RPS”), a state policy designed to increase the development of renewables in Illinois. Additionally, the IPA is also responsible for the development and implementation of a Carbon Mitigation Credit Procurement Plan and Zero Emission Standard Procurement Plan used to support at-risk nuclear plants.

For more information on the Illinois Power Agency, please see: www.illinois.gov/ipa

The IPA has a number of positions available. Please click on the links below for more information and to apply.

Communication Specialist

Communication Associate

Planning and Procurement Analyst

ILSFA Program Associate


Job Opportunity with Harvest Solar

Position: Solar Sales Consultant - Remote, Illinois

Posted by ISEA: April 7, 2022

Overview: 

Harvest Solar, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, is a Michigan-based company that provides cost-effective renewable energy for agriculture, commercial, and utility customers yielding more energy independence by utilizing solar energy. Winners of the Michigan EIBC Business of the Year, Harvest Solar is bonded, licensed, and insured in eleven states. With in-house design, engineering, installation, and manufacturing, Harvest Solar is a pivotal turnkey operation that believes in expanding energy independence today to achieve a sustainable future for tomorrow.

We believe in energy independence and a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren. Our purpose is to empower people to create and use renewable energy by providing them with the best‐in‐class service, products, and experience.

We are seeking a Solar Sales Consultant to drive solar system sales in Illinois. Illinois recently passed legislation opening a new round of solar renewable energy credits (SREC) for our customers. This is a remote work opportunity.

Purpose of Position

Under the direction of the Territory Sales Manager and in full compliance with the employee handbook and all applicable laws, rules, and regulations the Solar Sales Consultant will perform duties outlined in this job description. The Solar Sales Consultant is responsible for the origination of new business by identifying customer prospects, developing solar energy proposals, and executing all transactions required to consummate a sale and that meet the company sales goals. The position requires direct customer interaction to manage the customer through the entire sales process and beyond ensuring superior customer service and referral opportunities. The position will primarily focus on rural residential, agricultural, and small business opportunities.

Responsibilities:


  • Becoming an expert in the technical aspects of the product. 

  • All sales processes and customer relations within the designated sales geography, including obtaining all signed agreements and payments.

  • Conduct site surveys and assessments, gathering complete information to be used for proposals, interconnection agreements, local utility agreements, and other required applications and forms.

  • Prepare and make sales and informational presentations directly for end users, focus groups, trade shows and related events representing the area.

  • Developing and implementing plans for products and services that determine and meet customer requirements.

  • Negotiate and close sales.

  • Aggressively build a portfolio of long-term customers within the area.

  • Interaction with the central office (President, Sales and Marketing, Technical Support, Finance and Construction teams)

  • Participate in the company's strategic marketing, business development activities and development of creative ideas to increase customer awareness.

  • Meet with and report to supervisor on a regular basis.

  • Work with local utilities for interconnection applications.

  • Work with local townships and counties for zoning and permitting applications.

  • Maintain a proactive, outgoing, positive, and social persona.

  • Other duties, responsibilities, and activities as assigned.


Work Environment

  • Day travel expected up to 80% of the time with occasional overnight travel required. Transportation costs are covered through expense reimbursement. Hotel and food per diem available through reimbursement for overnight stays.
  • Office Environment 20% of the time: Busy office with frequent interruptions and multi-tasking required; standard office equipment is available including Microsoft Office Commercial. This position will work remotely to complete administrative tasks when reporting to headquarters is not efficient.
  • Construction Setting as needed: Job Site terrain and outdoor work with exposure to weather fluctuations in addition to construction site hazards

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Ability to represent Harvest Solar in a professional manner to owners, contractors, vendors, tradeshow attendees, and any other contacts outside the Harvest organization.

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, clients, employees, and the public.

  • Ability to take full ownership of projects and ensure their success even if it means going above and beyond the norm to accomplish them.

  • Ability to organize work and tasks to drive results; expected to perform multiple tasks well and in a timely manner, managing several projects at once.

  • Ability to interpret relevant industry codes / processes and understand products in a sales and administrative capacity.

  • Ability to understand and act effectively in a changing environment as both the industry and organization grow.

  • Ability to understand and support a small expanding business by recognizing problems and bringing solutions to the forefront.

  • Willing to work hours necessary to support the accomplishment of organizational goals

  • Ability to provide regular, consistent, and meaningful information.

  • Listens carefully to others and ensures message is understood and ensures important matters are shared with appropriate parties.

  • Fluent use of Microsoft Office suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.), email etiquette and ability to learn design software.

  • Willingness to pursue industry certifications and further

  • Ability to work well individually and as part of a team.

  • High school diploma or GED. Associate degree (or greater) in a relevant field preferred (engineering, math, physics, business, etc.).

  • 1-2 years’ work experience

  • Valid State Driver’s License

  • (Preferred) Basic knowledge of the solar PV markets.


Benefits

  • Six paid holidays per year including: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

  • 80 Hours Vacation time accrued annually

  • 40 Hours Personal Time Off accrued annually

  • Health Insurance: The premiums are a shared expense with 80% covered by Harvest Solar. Premiums are based on type of coverage, i.e., Associate only, Associate & Spouse, Family).

  • Health Savings Account (HSA). An HSA is a tax-deductible savings account used in conjunction with the health plan. Eligibility begins when you make your health benefit election. Contribution limits are determined by the IRS

  • Dental Insurance: The premiums are a shared expense with 80% covered by Harvest Solar. Premiums are based on type of coverage, i.e., Associate only, Associate & Spouse, Family).

  • Vision Insurance: The group rate premiums are an associate cost. Premiums are based on type of coverage, i.e., Associate only, Associate & Spouse, Family).

  • Group Life Insurance: $50,000.00 of life insurance is offered.

  • Group Short Term Disability: 60% of your earning with a $1,000.00 weekly maximum is available for injury or illness after a seven-day waiting period.

  • Allstate Supplemental Programs. Accident, Critical illness, and Hospital Indemnity are available at Associate’s expense.

  • 401K w/Company Match: The 401k is available the 1st of the Month following the 90-day anniversary date. The match is based on the amount that the associate choses to defer. When the associate defers 3%, the company matches at 3%. Associate defers 4%, Company Matches 3.5%. Associate defers 5%, Company matches 4%.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to jobs@harvestsolar.com and we will be in touch.


Job Opportunity with Lincoln Land Community College

Position: Green Energy Program Coordinator - Springfield, IL

Posted by ISEA: March 23, 2022

Overview: 

Lincoln Land Community College is seeking a Green Energy Program Coordinator to assist the Dean-Workforce Institute in the development and administration of green energy training courses and special projects related to green energy training.

Responsibilities:


  • Assist Dean in scheduling and marketing of solar and other alternative energy classes.

  • Research and implement industry credential classes either on their own or embedded into other classes. Pursue various industry accreditations for LLCC facility related to green energy

  • Maintain strong relationships and lines of communication with IGEN, MREA, NABCEP, and other industry organizations to increase green economy related offerings and trainings.

  • Recruit instructors as needed.

  • Develop relationships with local Solar/Green Economy employers to understand local needs, create paths for employment and set up a Program Advisory Committee. Develop a long-term plan for engaging external stakeholders.

  • Inventory and test all equipment and tools related to solar. Evaluate and recommend improvements and maintenance of curriculum, lab, equipment, and tools. Provide input on training equipment purchases.

  • Work with grant partners to deliver on grant objectives.

  • Maintain high levels of communication with dean regarding program updates as well as all job functions.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Associate’s degree preferred. 

  • At least one, preferably three years experience in office management or as support staff in an academic setting (or similar environment) is preferred.

  • Experience working with multiple people; excellent interpersonal communication and organizational skills; and the ability to multitask with minimal supervision desirable.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite software, particularly Word, SharePoint, and Outlook and proficiency in internet searches is required.

This non-benefited position will be 20-25 hours per week with a pay rate of $25 per hour. The hours are flexible and some can be done remotely. 

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screen.

Click here to learn more and apply!


Job Opportunities with SunVest Solar

Positions:

Senior Project Manager – Chicago, Milwaukee, Remote

Solar Project Coordinator – Chicago, Milwaukee, Remote

Solar Service Field Technician – Pewaukee, WI

Solar Service Electrician – Pewaukee, WI

Solar PV + Storage Project Developer - Geneva, IL

Photovoltaic Design Engineer - (Remote) Corporate Office Located in Pewaukee, WI

Posted by ISEA: March 23, 2022

Click here to see job descriptions and apply for Solar Service Field Technician, Solar Service Electrician, Solar PV + Storage Project Developer, and Photovoltaic Design Engineer.

Senior Project Manager:

Overview

SunVest Solar, Inc. is a leading solar developer of distributed-scale solar energy projects. We have an immediate need for a project manager with solar experience to manage a portfolio of solar projects. Preference given to candidates with an Illinois CSG-specific background or an Energy Storage background. Director-level candidates encouraged to apply. Current openings in a rapidly scaling market for SunVest; this is a great time to get involved.

Project ownership from mid-stage development through construction and O&M handover for ground mount solar projects in various markets across the US. Coordinate with internal and external resources and stakeholders to bring quality renewable energy generation systems on-line. Travel 40%. Full-time position with benefits, competitive base salary based on experience, and bonus opportunities.

Responsibilities:


  • Support and track development and engineering activities to bring projects to NTP-readiness

  • Work with procurement vendors and installation partners to maintain project schedules and to control costs

  • Negotiate and enforce installation contracts and project schedules, monitor construction progress and quality, manage utility project closeout process to obtain PTO

  • Ensure complete project documentation is made available for timely financial diligence and third-party engineering review

  • Initiate and complete handover of all project responsibilities to O&M team in a timely manner

  • Lead project teams and supervise the work of Associate PMs and Project Coordinators as assigned

Qualifications and Skills


  • Three or more years of ground-mount solar experience, preferably but not necessarily in Illinois
  • Engineering degree or equivalent electrical or construction experience
  • At least five years of engineering or construction experience in total
  • Experience with communication networks (DAS) and electrical power systems desirable but not required 


Senior Project Coordinator:

Overview

SunVest Solar, Inc. is a leading solar developer of distributed-scale solar energy projects. We have an immediate need for a project coordinator with solar experience to support a portfolio of solar projects. Preference given to candidates with an Illinois CSG-specific background or an Energy Storage background. Current openings in a rapidly scaling market for SunVest; this is a great time to get involved. Senior-level candidates encouraged to apply.

Project support from mid-stage development through construction and O&M handover for ground mount solar projects in various markets across the US. Project coordinators are responsible for project reporting, completing permitting activities, supporting remote monitoring system setup, and other administrative and or documentation needs come up. Help manage the backend of bringing quality renewable energy generation systems on-line. No regular travel required. Full-time position with benefits, competitive base salary based on experience, and bonus opportunities.

Responsibilities:


  • Support and track development and engineering activities to bring projects to NTP-readiness

  • Generate and maintain project schedule files

  • Help track and update project data in company ERP/CRM platform(s)

  • Ensure complete project documentation is made available for timely financial diligence and third-party engineering review

Qualifications and Skills


  • Three or more years of relevant experience, preferably in the solar industry

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent architectural or construction field experience

  • Experience building schedules and various types of project reports/trackers using Excel and online tools like NetSuite or SalesForce, e.g.


Job Opportunity with Nexamp

Position: Solar Project Developer (Midwest) - Chicago, IL

Posted by ISEA: February 8, 2022

Overview: 

Do you want to be part of the solar revolution that is transforming the energy landscape? Do you have a passion for making our environment better for this generation and the ones that follow? Does working for a fast paced, growing company that is leading the way into new markets sound exciting to you? Come join us as we take on new challenges and help build a better tomorrow. Our mission is clear: to reshape the energy landscape, delivering value to our clients and partners while benefiting our communities and society at large. Let's make a difference together. Join our team.


Nexamp is seeking a Solar Project Developer to lead the development of solar projects. The ideal candidate will have more than 3 years of solar industry project development experience. The individual hired to fulfill this role will lead the origination and development of ground, rooftop and other types of commercial and industrial-scale solar projects.

Responsibilities:

Responsible for all phases of solar project development, from origination to start of construction. Key responsibilities include:


  • Site origination, site control negotiation, project permitting, utility interconnection, and tax agreement negotiation.

  • Crafting a compelling value proposition that reflects avoided cost, load profile, applicable tariffs, and layered revenue streams

  • Close coordination with junior business development staff to develop and implement effective lead campaign strategies.

  • Development of long-term relationships with site owners, energy users and other project stakeholders.

  • Effective communication with project stakeholders and community members to facilitate project permitting and other initiatives.

  • Active management of development schedule and budget to ensure timely and cost-effective projects.

  • Management of external consultants as needed in conjunction with project permitting activities.

  • Fostering support from state, county and local governments, community groups, and abutters.

  • Support of internal finance, engineering, and construction teams to facilitate successful project financing and construction.

  • Development of sales presentations, proposals, and other materials as needed to support project development efforts.

  • Occasional travel is required; some evening and weekend work required.

Qualifications and Requirements

The ideal candidate must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, hands-on, results-oriented, and a team player. Key qualifications as follows:

  • Three or more years of energy industry experience in a business development role, with a successful track record in project development.

  • Integration of solar and energy storage systems.

  • Commercial real estate prospecting and business model understanding.

  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.

  • Effective team leader and collaborator.

  • Valid driver’s license.

If you don’t meet 100% of the above qualifications, but see yourself contributing, please submit an application. We encourage people from minority or marginalized groups to apply.

At Nexamp, our mission is building the future of energy, so it is clean, simple, and accessible for all. We believe a diverse team brings different perspectives and experiences, thus benefiting our work. We are committed to providing a work environment free from discrimination. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. By encouraging a culture where ideas and decisions come from all people, we believe it will help us grow, innovate, and be a part of environmental and social change.

Compensation and Benefits

Not only will you get to work with a group of innovative, dedicated, and motivated peers, you will also have access to all the benefits that Nexamp offers! This includes: our competitive compensation package; a 401(k) employer-match; health, dental, & vision insurance starting day one; Flexible Paid Time Off and Holiday PTO; Commuter Benefits, Cell Phone Reimbursement; as well as a hybrid work environment, headquartered in Boston, MA with a fun, collaborative, downtown office! We provide healthy snacks, coffee, yoga sessions, volunteer opportunities, company outings, and more!


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Please note that the Company requires all individuals in this position to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. “Fully vaccinated” means that the individual can provide acceptable proof that the individual has received, at least fourteen (14) days prior to the individual’s start date, either the second dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, or one dose of a single-dose COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccines must be authorized and/or approved by the FDA. Individuals needing an exemption to this requirement due to medical, disability-related, or religious reasons may request an exemption. The Company will engage in an interactive process to determine if an exemption to this requirement as a reasonable accommodation is appropriate.

Click here to apply!


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