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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: November 4, 2021 (newest at the top, oldest at the bottom)


Job Opportunities with the Illinois Power Agency (IPA)

Positions: Consumer Protection Counsel, IT Coordinator, Program Associate - Chicago, IL

Posted by ISEA: October 20, 2021

Overview: 

The Illinois Power Agency is an independent State Agency created in 2007 to develop electricity and renewable resources procurement plans to conduct procurement events to ensure adequate, reliable, affordable, efficient, and environmentally sustainable electric service for the default supply customers of Illinois electric utilities, and to implement procurements and programs to support the development of renewable energy for the state. For more information about the Illinois Power Agency, please refer to: www.illinois.gov/ipa.

The IPA has three job openings available! Please click the titles below in order to learn more and apply. Applications for the Consumer Protection Counsel position must be received by 11/12/21. Applications for the other positions must be received before 11/19/21 in order to be considered. Applications must include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references.

Consumer Protection Counsel

The IPA’s Consumer Protection Counsel position offers unmatched opportunities to work on cutting edge legal and policy issues in a rapidly evolving field, with a specific focus on ensuring that renewable energy programs administered by the Agency deliver valuable benefits to the Illinois residents and businesses who support those programs. These opportunities include work focused on the ongoing management of renewable energy incentive programs, marketing of new solar projects and community solar subscriptions benefitting from such programs, the development and refinement of consumer protection requirements (including mandated disclosures to customers), disciplinary determinations, contract development, legislative review, litigation, and administrative law.

IT Coordinator

Reporting to the Agency Chief Operating Officer, the IT Coordinator will coordinate all information technology, telecom, VoIP, and Internet/email matters pertaining to the Agency.

Program Associate

The Program Associate will provide support to the Illinois Power Agency’s (“Agency”) team that manages solar incentive programs. These programs include the Adjustable Block Program, which provides incentives for distributed generation and community solar projects, and the Illinois Solar For All Program, which offers incentives to support access to solar for low-income households, non-profit organizations, and public facilities.


Job Opportunity with SunVest Solar

Position: Photovoltaic Design Engineer - Pewaukee, WI

Posted by ISEA: October 21, 2021

Overview: 

SunVest Solar, Inc. is a leading solar developer of distributed-scale solar energy projects. We are looking for a qualified and motivated candidate to fill a CAD Designer role on our growing team. This opportunity will be based out of SunVest Solar’s headquarters in Pewaukee, WI.

As a Solar Designer, you will be responsible for designing solar PV system layouts, preparing project drawings and other technical documents used for pitching, permitting and installation. This position will work closely with the development and operations departments.

Responsibilities:

  • Generate construction ready designs for commercial and ground mount projects

  • Generate a variety of technical project documents for a pipeline of projects

  • Maintain technical library of CAD blocks

  • Provide support throughout permitting and installation process

  • Maintain expert technical knowledge of all SunVest Solar’s products and services

Qualifications and Requirements


  • 5 years of experience with 1MW+ photovoltaic systems

  • Thorough understanding of all related codes

  • Experience working closely with contracted professional engineers

  • Demonstrated knowledge of AutoCAD software

  • The ability to work in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment and consistently meet challenging deadlines

  • Strong critical thinking skills with the ability to work independently

  • Preferred: BA/BS in electrical or mechanical engineering

  • Preferred: Experience completing performance modeling using PVsyst

  • Preferred: NABCEP Certified

Compensation


  • Full-time position with competitive base salary commensurate with experience, bonus opportunities, 401(k) and health benefits

  • Great opportunity to get work with a well-respected fast-growing company in an up-and-coming industry

  • Opportunity for advancement

To learn more and apply, click here.


Job Opportunity with SunVest Solar

Position: Solar PV + Storage Project Developer / Origination - Geneva, IL/Remote

Posted by ISEA: October 21, 2021

Overview: 

SunVest Solar, LLC is a leading solar developer of distributed-scale solar energy projects. We are looking for a qualified and motivated candidate to fill a sales/origination role on our growing Development team. This opportunity will be based out of SunVest Solar’s regional office in Geneva, Illinois.

As a Solar Developer / Originator, you will be responsible for sourcing interested Behind the Meter off-take opportunities. The typical client will be a larger C&I client with interest in installing a Solar PV and PV + Storage systems. These systems can be either cash purchases or PPA’s. (Opportunities can be in markets nationwide however, focus on the growing Illinois market is a priority).

Responsibilities:

  • Initiating contact with key decision makers at pre-qualified target prospects

  • Participating in commercial process from lead generation through signed contract

  • Engage and develop relationships with target prospects

  • Maintaining an accurate log of all communications

  • Become subject matter expert on the Illinois Adjustable Block Program

  • Develop, build, and manage internal relationships

  • Acts as liaison between internal and external specialists regarding procurement, contracting, permitting and interconnection

  • Provide technical sales support to client, including onsite client meetings as needed, for developing retail renewables opportunities with clients

  • Coordinates due diligence activities with other internal groups to ensure proper analysis and structuring of assigned projects

Qualifications and Requirements


  • 2 years of experience with 1MW+ photovoltaic systems

  • Detailed knowledge of the Illinois ABP

  • Experience working closely with contracted professional engineers and installers

  • The ability to work in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment and consistently meet challenging deadlines

  • Strong critical thinking skills with the ability to work independently

  • Preferred: BA/BS

  • Preferred: Solar PV Sales

Compensation


  • Full-time position with competitive base salary commensurate with experience, bonus opportunities, 401(k) and health benefits
  • Great opportunity to get work with a well-respected fast-growing company in an up-and-coming industry
  • Opportunity for advancement


To learn more and apply, click here.


Illinois Power Agency Fellowship Program

Posted by ISEA: October 1, 2021

The Illinois Power Agency ("IPA") Fellowship Program is a one-year paid program that provides fellows with an unparalleled opportunity to contribute their skills and talents in the clean energy sector. With the recent enactment of the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (Public Act 102-0662), this is an exciting time to join the IPA and play a pivotal role in supporting the Agency to put Illinois at the forefront of the clean energy future.

At the IPA, we believe in developing a talent pipeline of the next generation of leaders – individuals who are innovative, mission-driven, and passionate about working to build an equitable clean energy future for all. Through this one-year Fellowship Program, the IPA seeks to connect with recent graduates or early-career professionals working in clean energy and/or environmental planning.

Through the program, fellows will get specialized training and valuable experience to launch a career in the clean energy sector. Additionally, fellows will have the opportunity to support leaders and subject-matter experts in implementing the Illinois Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, produce energy-related white papers and presentations, prepare reports and stakeholder correspondence, and develop innovative solutions to advance IPA's work in providing a clean, reliable, cost-effective, and equitable future for residents and businesses across Illinois.

All applications must be received by 11:59 pm CT on Sunday, October 31, 2021 in order to be considered. The start date is flexible and can be as early as January 1, 2022.

To learn more and apply, please click here.


Job Opportunity with the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA)

Position: Regulatory Consultant - Remote, flexible

Posted by ISEA: September 7, 2021

Overview: 

The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is seeking qualified applicants for a regulatory consultant to manage ISEA’s regulatory efforts with an immediate start date.

You will serve as the organizational lead for ISEA’s regulatory activity. You will work closely with the Executive Director on all regulatory matters, ensuring regulatory outcomes serve ISEA’s diverse membership. The regulatory consultant will gather ISEA member feedback on regulatory proceedings and coordinate comment submissions with other industry partner organizations.

Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate ISEA Member Regulatory meetings and respond to member inquiries

  • Represent ISEA at in-person and virtual regulatory and stakeholder events

  • Manage and co-produce written comments in regulatory efforts

  • Coordinate with external stakeholders including allied industry organizations and NGO's


Qualifications and Requirements


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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

  • Ability to effectively manage coalitions of stakeholders

  • Ability to work closely with partner organizations and manage competing priorities

  • Ability to efficiently manage ISEA Member input; working alongside the Executive Director, Board of Directors, Members and broader coalitions of local stakeholders

  • 3-5 years work experience in public policy and advocacy 

  • Experience running successful state regulatory campaigns and strong political instincts

  • Comfort with electricity market dynamics, with focus on solar energy policy

  • Self-starter and ability to work alongside ISEA Staff

  • Ability to work remotely and while traveling


To apply, please send resume and cover letter to Lesley McCain at lesley.mccain@illinoissolar.org - with the subject line “Regulatory Consultant – YOUR NAME”.

The Illinois Solar Energy Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to ensuring that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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