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Storage Solutions Architect

Company: SunPower Corp.
Location: Richmond
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

Do you want to change the world? We do, too.

The energy market is roughly $4 trillion globally, and solar penetration is less than 1%. But just one hour of sunlight, if harnessed, could power the entire world for a year. We have the opportunity to completely change the way energy is produced, distributed and consumed on a global scale, and we're looking for talented, committed people to help us drive our growth and achieve our goals.

SunPower is a global solar energy solutions company with a rich heritage of pioneering the best energy technologies in the world. Our solutions are unrivaled in terms of long-term reliability, efficiency and guaranteed performance, and our company is unmatched in terms of global reach and scale. Through design, manufacturing, installation and ongoing maintenance and monitoring, SunPower provides its proprietary, world-record efficient solar technology to residential, commercial and utility customers worldwide.

SunPower is changing the way our world is powered every day with a brilliant, passionate and driven team of more than 2,000 in North America and the Phillipines. In an industry that is reshaping the world's energy future, there's no better place to be than SunPower.

We believe that our employees create our brand - with each project, each communication, each task completed and each interaction. Experience is critical to SunPower in regards to not only our customers but also our employees and dealer partners. As such, we strive to hire candidates that are service focused. The experience we would expect the ideal person to deliver is:


SunPower is seeking a high-energy, hands-on engineer focused on energy storage, a key role in our Commercial and Industrial Solutions team. This position is part of the SunPower Energy Storage team; whose accountability is to support the rest of the business unit with energy storage solutions, including vetting of energy storage suppliers, keeping product documentation updated, negotiating procurement contracts, and supporting origination and execution of unique storage projects. The storage engineer functions as the primary technical subject matter expert for projects under development. This includes the vetting of project specifications and requirements, providing technical support to project and product teams, creation and review of drawings, project procurement, investor diligence and review of cost estimates.

The preferred location for this position is Richmond, California, however other locations may be considered.

Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned:

  • Act as a team leader in value engineering energy storage systems
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of SunPower's energy storage design standards
  • Review and evaluate design requirements from clients, their 3rd party consulting firms, AHJ's and/or others to summarize the changes from SunPower's standards
  • Actively participate in negotiating with our clients the project impact of specific client requirements that differ from SunPower's
  • Develop the necessary tools and provide training to our engineering and operations team on storage product safety, design, and installation requirements
  • Lead efforts to improve cost, quality and timeline for all projects involving the energy storage product
  • Develop qualitative learning plans and quantitative construction models for key projects to capture improvement ideas around safety, design, quality, productivity, and product requirements
  • Review drawings, specifications, installation manuals, and proposals to support product diligence
  • Develop a qualitative intuition for shortcomings in project-related obligations and rights to support contractual amendments with key vendors
  • Create alignment between energy storage product timelines and typical project life cycle with typical solar practices
  • Work with the business development team to respond to requests for proposal
  • Identify storage integrators to fulfill requirements of speculative and contracted projects
  • Act as the primary technical resource for contract negotiation of energy storage system procurement and customer contracts including performance guarantees, key technical terms and testing procedures
  • Experience with SCADA and medium voltage systems preferred.
  • Develop and maintain technical standards and tools to be used by internal and external engineering partners
  • Maintain database of technical data to arm development and project teams with technical and commercial information about energy storage systems and suppliers.
  • Identify commercial and technical benefits and drawbacks of various storage suppliers to constantly inform SunPower's energy storage strategy
  • Develop relationships with energy storage suppliers
  • Mentor other team members to develop individual skills
  • Demonstrate ethics and professionalism at all times

Minimum Education & Experience:

  • Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or other Engineering plus relevant experience related field; Master's preferred
  • Min 5 years experience (or equivalent) in:
  • Energy storage
  • the renewable energy electric industry
  • renewable energy project development, including permitting, real estate, and interconnection, Bachelor's Degree in related field - Engineering, Construction or related field

  • Experience negotiating contracts
  • Fluency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Electrical PE Certification or path to certification a plus
  • Project experience to include project development and permitting, conceptual and detailed design, project engineering, scheduling, cost estimating, procurement, and contracts
  • Excellent technical understanding of energy storage technologies including: battery technology, inverters, monitoring & communications, and energy management technologies
  • Experience designing and building PV and energy storage systems preferred
  • Demonstrated experience with utility networks and an ability to interface as the main technical contact to utilities for interconnection approval, including witness testing and site commissioning
  • Experience negotiating contracts
  • Proven ability to adapt to change in a calm and measured manner
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills

Equal Employment Opportunity

The Company is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes employment decisions, including but not limited to, hiring, firing, promotion, demotion, training, and/or compensation, on the basis of merit. Employment decisions are based on an individual's qualifications as they relate to the job under consideration. The Company's policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions, the actual sex of the individual, or the gender identity or gender expression), race, color, religion, including religious dress practices and religious grooming practices, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, familial status, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected veteran or military status, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws, ordinances, or regulations. The Company is committed to complying with all applicable laws providing equal employment opportunities. This commitment applies to all persons involved in the operations of the Company and prohibits unlawful discrimination by any employee of the Company, including supervisors and co-workers.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

SunPower Supports EEO

Accommodation for Applicants to SunPower Corporation

SunPower Corporation is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need a reasonable accommodation due to a disability, you may use the following alternative email address to contact us about your interest in employment at SunPower Corporation: Please indicate in the subject that line of your email that you are requesting accommodation. Only candidates being considered for a position who require an accommodation will receive a follow-up response.


Availability of Affirmative Action Plan for Review

SunPower is a federal government contractor. As a part of the Company's obligations under law, it must develop a written Affirmative Action Program (AAP) for the Disabled, Recently Separated Veterans, Armed Forces Service Medal Veterans, Disabled Veterans and Active Duty Wartime Or Campaign Badge Veterans and for Women and Minorities as specified by law. Non-confidential and non-proprietary aspects of the AAP are available for inspection by applicants and employees, consistent with applicable law, which will be made available during office hours by contacting the EEO Officer.

SunPower Values

  • Put Customers First
  • Win Together
  • Lead Decisively
  • Innovate Relentlessly
  • Do the Right Thing

Keywords: SunPower Corp., Richmond , Storage Solutions Architect, Other , Richmond, California

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