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Solar Design Engineer

Location: Minneapolis, MN, United States
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Job Description::
The Solar Design Engineer will provide design engineering support throughout the proposal and design phase of the project.  Design Solar PV systems, including 1-line diagrams, array layouts, fence layout, road layout.  Layouts to be performed in AutoCAD.  Establish Solar PV basis of design including module selection, string sizing, ground coverage ratio, inverter selection, inverter power factor requirements, inverter loading ratio, and cable sizing.
Perform energy performance modeling using PVSyst software. Primary use is of PVSyst, but some knowledge of NREL System Advisor Model (SAM) and Plant Predict is required.
Assess site conditions and anticipate issues that may arise during construction.  Demonstrate structural, mechanical, and electrical design skills, ability to generate accurate, highly‚Äźdetailed construction drawings.  Use Excel spreadsheets and calculations to size Solar PV systems.
Research and test new technologies with team members in order to achieve greater efficiency.
Apply knowledge of engineering principles and practices when analyzing current technical tools.
Read technical articles and attend Solar PV training to keep up with latest products, design techniques, and construction strategies. 

Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering 
5+ years of experience in utility- scale solar PV system design
Must be proficient in AutoCAD and related Autodesk software.
Must be proficient in PVSyst and related solar performance modeling software.
Demonstrated electrical, structural and mechanical design skills, and the ability to generate accurate, highly-detailed construction drawings.
Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal skills, including the ability to communicate in a positive manner with project managers, and engineering team members.
Good problem solving and critical thinking abilities and a proactive work ethic. 
Experience with on-site trouble-shooting of technology and automation of manual processes
Knowledge of National Electric Code and NE safety code  
Understanding of utility PPA and Interconnection requirements.
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