Solar Project Engineer (multiple roles)

Hecate Energy is seeking a mid to senior-level project engineer to facilitate the engineering of solar and storage projects for Hecate Energy’s 40 GW development project pipeline. This position has the option to include more general project management of solar and storage assets in contracting and construction if desired. The specific title, responsibilities, and compensation package for this position will be commensurate with experience. This position will report to the SVP of Engineering or the CTO.


  • Create internal conceptual and preliminary layouts and designs of solar and storage projects for purposes including interconnection, permitting, project sales, and construction preparation
  • Conduct solar array design optimization, meteorological resource assessment, energy production estimation, and land constructability evaluation
  • Collaborate with Module, Inverter, Racking, and Transformer manufacturers to obtain equipment technical information and incorporate in project designs
  • Support the Project Development team with technical aspects of project sale proposals and permitting efforts
  • Maintain Scopes of Work, manage consultants, and review deliverables for 3rd Party design packages from a 10% level to Issued For Construction (IFC) drawings and studies as well as Geotechnical, Hydrological, and Topographical Engineering Studies
  • Review and consolidate information and insights across disciplines into a financially optimized cohesive project design and execution strategy
  • Understand applicable codes, design standards, and technical requirements for utility scale design and ensure they are met throughout the engineering, procurement, and construction process
  • This position will include travel to project sites and other locations to support site evaluation and construction efforts


  • 1-5+ years of utility-scale solar design experience with a focus on cross-disciplinary design optimization
  • Bachelor’s degree or greater in engineering. There is no specific degree requirement, but this is a technical position requiring detailed quantitative analysis
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Proficiency with PVsyst, NREL SAM, PVlib, GIS, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office. Proficiency with Python, R, and VBA a plus
  • Comfort bringing sense to ambiguity and driving forward one’s technical initiatives
  • Self-awareness of one’s quirks and appreciation for those of teammates

Compensation and Benefits

  • Competitive compensation package commensurate with experience
  • Excellent health insurance, 100% of premiums covered by employer
  • 401k plan to be implemented in Q4 2022
  • Highly flexible PTO and sick leave policy
  • Hybrid working arrangements (combination of in-office (Chicago) and work-from-wherever)
  • Biannual company retreats, fully stocked pantries, in-office music performance space

Hecate Energy

Hecate Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in the U.S. With a team of 60 (and growing!), Hecate develops renewable energy and energy storage projects across North America. The Company was founded in 2012 by a team of energy industry veterans who have worked together for over 25 years. Hecate has developed over $3 billion worth of renewable energy projects, executed over 6,100 MWac of renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs), and built an active project pipeline over 40 GW. Hecate Energy also develops and operates a portfolio of energy storage projects through its Hecate Grid subsidiary.

Hecate Energy is an equal opportunity employer


  • Date Posted: August 12, 2022
  • Location: Chicago, IL
  • Job Title: Solar Project Engineer (multiple roles)
  • Job Type: Full-Time