Project Engineer

| San Francisco, CA, USA | Remote
Employer Provided Salary: 120,000-145,000 Annually
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The Distributed Energy (DE) team develops, invests in, and delivers distribution-connected solar and battery energy storage system (BESS) projects in North America. The DE team offers the full spectrum of BESS and PV+BESS solutions – from integrated ESS hardware and software, project development and investment to asset management and operations.

The Project Engineer is responsible for providing technical guidance during project origination/development phases for Commercial & Industrial scale and small utility-scale PV+ESS, PV-only, or ESS-only projects across the United States. The Project Engineer will support the Development and Project Finance teams during the closing processes. This position will have experience in project-level technical due diligence, project development engineering, EPC engineering oversight, construction support, project risk analysis, and more. This remote position reports to the Head of DE-Project Engineering or another senior management personnel that the President of the Company may designate. 


  • Deliver technical due diligence in support of the origination/development team for opportunities at various stages of development both before and after project award.
  • Prepare conceptual layouts and electrical single-line diagrams for those opportunities.
  • Perform system energy modeling and energy estimates using tools such as PVsyst, Helioscope to ensure production targets are reasonable for both near term and long-term goals.
  • Update system engineering throughout the project development process to achieve maximum financial outcome.
  • Carry out technology reviews for PV or ESS equipment and work with manufacturers for acceptability for use in long-term operating assets.
  • Deliver technical leadership in support of the Project Finance team for stakeholders’ interests including investors, site owner, utilities, off-takers, and EPC partners.
  • Visit project sites to assess and collect key project technical information, such as site structures, electrical drawings, site electricity load data, and costs.
  • Work with the origination/development team to provide engineering deliverables for key development items, which may include preparing preliminary layouts, technology selection, site studies, feasibility studies, preparing interconnection applications, and project cost estimation.
  • Source and manage external consultants, partners, contractors, and vendors, including developing Scope of Work documents, managing RFP process, and controlling scope, and scheduling to obtain similar deliverables.
  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned by the management.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical, electrical, or energy engineering science
  • Minimum 5 years of experience in solar or ESS project engineering
  • Capability to review engineering and technical matters with commercial perspective
  • Extensive work experience in management and completion of rooftop, carport, and ground-mount projects in distributed generation, 250kW to 20MW
  • Comfortable and accustomed to working with various project stakeholders, including investors, EPC partners, developers, consultants, and O&M contractors
  • Experience in permitting processes with local authorities and utilities
  • Advanced proficiency in engineering software and energy modeling applications, such as AutoCAD, HelioScope, PVsyst, Geli, and Microsoft Office tools

Preferred Qualifications

  • Able to cope with dynamic surroundings and be team-oriented
  • Able to develop written/verbal work deliverables that are organized and appropriate to the respective audience 

Hanwha Q CELLS America Inc. (“HQCA”) is headquartered in Irvine, CA, and handles sales for the North American region. It is a subsidiary of Hanwha Q CELLS Co., Ltd., one of the world´s largest and most recognized photovoltaic manufacturers for its high-performance, high-quality solar cells and modules. It is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea (Global Executive HQ), Thalheim, Germany (Technology & Innovation HQ), and San Francisco, USA (Energy Storage/Inverter & Software HQ). Through its growing global business network spanning Europe, North America, Asia, South America, Africa, and the Middle East, the company provides excellent services and long-term partnerships to its customers in the utility, commercial, government, and residential markets. Hanwha Q CELLS is a flagship company of Hanwha Group, a FORTUNE Global 500 firm, and a Top 8 business enterprise in South Korea. HQCA recently acquired Geli, a leading developer of Energy Management System software for energy storage, solar, and other renewable resources.


· Medical, Dental, Vision

· Paid Time Off

· Tuition Reimbursement

· 401K

· Paid Holidays

* All benefits dependent on role and eligibility

Physical, Mental, & Physical Demands

To comply with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the essential physical, mental and environmental requirements for this job are listed below. These are requirements normally expected to perform regular job duties. Incumbent must be able to successfully perform all of the functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. 


Standing: 20% of time

Sitting: 70% of time

Walking: 10% of time


Pulling: up to 10 Pounds

Pushing: up to 10 Pounds

Carrying: up to 10 Pounds

Lifting: up to 10 Pounds

Agility (F = Frequently, O = Occasionally, N = Never)

Turning: F

Twisting: F

Bending: O

Crouching: O

Balancing: N

Climbing: N

Crawling: N

Kneeling: N

Dexterity (F = Frequently, O = Occasionally, N = Never)

Typing: F

Handling: F

Reaching: F

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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Qcells operates in the Energy industry. The company is located in Irvine, CA. It has 552 total employees. To see all jobs at Qcells, click here.
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