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Clearway Energy Senior Development Engineer, Solar/BESS in Scottsdale, Arizona

Senior Development Engineer, Solar/BESS

at Clearway Energy

Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

What The Role Is

Reporting to the Director, Development Engineering, the Senior Development Engineer, Solar/BESS owns preliminary design and technical scope development for early-stage projects, managing internal and external personnel to provide well-optimized plant designs, cost estimates, and schedules based on limited information that will be integrated into project development, PPA bidding, and acquisition diligence processes.

Typical projects include utility-scale Solar and Energy Storage projects and standalone Energy Storage projects. The Senior Development Engineer will work closely with Clearway Energy’s internal departments including origination, development, construction, procurement, project finance, and O&M; as well as with EPC contractors, Independent Engineers, financing parties, and other consultants, contractors, and stakeholders as needed.

This position can be based in our Scottsdale, San Francisco, or Houston office, or can work remotely.

What You'll Be Doing

  • Technical lead and primary design and engineering point of contact for the Origination, Business Development, and Development teams supporting new energy storage and utility-scale solar bidding opportunities.

  • Manage all resources internally or externally as necessary to prepare preliminary designs, performance estimates, cost estimates, schedules, and risks to be incorporated into binding and non-binding proposals.

  • Assess and thoroughly communicate and quantify preliminary site constraints, cost adders, and schedule risks.

  • Provide optimized equipment selection (modules, inverters, racking).

  • Manage and communicate key acquisition diligence requirements and costs on new opportunities.

  • Represent Clearway Energy in interviews, meetings, and negotiations with clients, project developers, suppliers, consultants, utilities, and regulatory authorities.

  • Support competitive RFP EPC contracting process with design basis development, scope creation, and bid analysis.

  • Attend and/or manage personnel who will attend site walks to gather preliminary site assessment information to be used in the early-stage design and scoping documentation.

  • Technical support and management of internal business development programs and initiatives.

What You'll Bring

  • B.S. degree in mechanical, electrical, or civil engineering, or a related subject.

  • 5+ years of energy industry experience, including 2+ years of direct EPC experience completing the detailed design, permitting, and construction of solar and/or energy storage projects.

  • Understanding of project design and optimization tradeoffs and familiarity with the current market, equipment suppliers, contractors, typical technical specifications, and costs.

  • Experience and understanding of standalone battery storage project design, optimization, suppliers, specifications, and costs; including contracting approaches and ability to integrate with other co-developed or existing generator facilities such as solar or wind.

  • Experience with project financing and independent engineer requirements.

  • Understanding of energy estimates, losses, assumptions, and standards.

  • Experience with review and negotiation of engineering, procurement, and construction contracts and technical exhibits for solar and/or energy storage facilities.

  • Experience managing consultants and contractors.

  • Working knowledge of relevant US and IEC equipment standards, codes, and construction practices.

  • Detail-oriented and self-motivated with the ability to perform in a dynamic and collaborative working environment.

  • Proven ability to organize and prioritize work, and manage relationships with clients, colleagues, consultants, and contractors.

  • If you don’t meet 100% of the above qualifications but see yourself contributing, please submit your resume.

What Would Be Nice

  • M.S. degree and/or P.E. in mechanical, electrical, or civil engineering desirable.

Clearway will not sponsor nonimmigrant visas for this position (H-1B, TN, E-3, etc.).

The pay rate for the successful candidate will depend on geographic location, skills, relevant and demonstrated experience, education, training and certifications, and other factors permitted by law. This role is eligible to earn an annual cash bonus, subject to personal and company performance goals.

Salary Range Across all U.S. Locations

$110,000—$148,000 USD

Clearway Energy Group is leading the transition to a world powered by clean energy. Along with our public affiliate Clearway Energy, Inc., we own and operate 10 gigawatts of renewable and conventional energy assets across the country. As we develop a nationwide pipeline of new renewable energy projects for the future, Clearway’s 8 gigawatts of operating wind, solar, and energy storage assets offset the equivalent of more than 9 million metric tons of carbon emissions for our customers today. Clearway Energy Group is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Carlsbad, CA.; Scottsdale, AZ.; Houston, TX; Denver, CO; and Princeton, NJ. For more information, visit

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

At Clearway, we create a community that isn’t about being the same – it’s about building a team of unique individuals, with different backgrounds & skill sets, coming together to build something big & make a difference in the world. Clearway’s team is dedicated to a clean energy future across a wide spectrum of roles & responsibilities. Embodying our company values and operating principles, unique individuals come together over a common mission. We embrace opportunities to do challenging work that can change the world. We aspire to bring out the best in everyone. We share setbacks, celebrate successes, & act with integrity & accountability to get the job done.

Working at Clearway, Hybrid Together

Here at Clearway, we’re committed to balancing flexibility while fostering strong relationships with our teammates. We do this by prioritizing new hires based near one of our offices in San Francisco, Carlsbad, Scottsdale, Houston, Denver, & Princeton. Our office-based employees typically work together from fabulous spaces on Tuesdays & Thursdays to collaborate & learn, build community, get to know one another, & enjoy company-provided meals & events.

Clearway Energy is an equal opportunity employer that values a broad diversity of talent, knowledge, experience & expertise. We intentionally foster a culture of inclusion that empowers our employees to deliver superior performance to the communities we serve. We encourage minorities, women, individuals with disabilities & protected veterans to join the team. Clearway is a proud promoter of employment opportunities to our Military & Veterans.

What We Provide

Clearway offers all eligible employees working 20+ hours per week a comprehensive menu of benefits: generous PTO, medical, dental & vision care, HSAs with company contributions, health FSAs, dependent daycare FSAs, commuter benefits, relocation, & a 401(k) plan with employer match, a variety of life & accident insurances, fertility programs, adoption assistance, generous parental leave, tuition reimbursement, & benefits for employees in same-sex marriages, civil unions & domestic partnerships. For more on Clearway benefits, visit our Benefits Website ( .

Notice to Applicants

Clearway Energy is strongly committed to a philosophy of equal opportunity and fully complies with equal employment laws ( , ordinances and regulations for all applicants and employees. We will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to apply and compete for employment opportunities for which they are qualified. If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please send an e-mail to and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

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Clearway Energy is strongly committed to a philosophy of equal opportunity and fully complies with equal employment laws ( , ordinances and regulations for all applicants and employees.