Now Hiring! Solar Energy Designer

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A&R Solar is a Seattle-based, employee-owned solar installation company seeking a solar designer to join our team. We have been installing solar for eight years and continue to grow quickly. As a part of the design team, you will be helping us design and estimate solar energy systems for residential and commercial applications. We are looking for someone who is dedicated to their work and has a strong sense of pride in the quality of their craft.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to jobs@a-rsolar.com.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Custom solar designs using aerial imagery, blue prints, 3D modeling, and proprietary estimating software.
  • Conduct preliminary online rooftop property site evaluation to develop an initial system design.
  • Design and produce mechanical, electrical drawings, and permit plans, ready to submit.
  • Prepare formal proposals and quotes for prospective customers.
  • Occasionally perform site-visits.
  • Work closely with sales, project management, and installation teams to ensure client’s needs and internal deadlines are met.
  • Work with building departments, utilities, or other AHJ to insure compliance with local and national codes.
  • Log workflow and communications in company CRM.
  • Maintain current knowledge of the NEC and all building codes applicable for proper solar system design.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Knowledge of basic electrical design theory and concepts.
  • Knowledge of residential and commercial construction.
  • Knowledge of current electrical and building codes.

REQUIRED/DESIRED SKILLS:

  • Experience in architectural, engineering, and/or solar design.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and Word, Google Docs, Gmail, and SketchUp.
  • Excellent organization and attention to detail.
  • Analytic and creative problem solver.
  • Great communicator and team player.
  • Adept at 3D spatial visualization.
  • Reliable self-starter with an ability to balance, prioritize, and deliver results under tight deadlines.
  • NABCEP certification a plus.

COMPENSATION:

  • Starting salary: $40,000+ DOE
  • Comprehensive benefits package that includes medical, vision and dental coverage, an employer-matched 401(k) plan, flexible work hours, employee ownership opportunities and a fridge that usually has beer in it.

We’re a close knit team and do what we do because we’re passionate about sustainability. We hope you would be too. 

ABOUT OUR COMPANY

A&R Solar is a leading Washington solar energy installation and design firm. Employee-owned and based in Seattle, A&R Solar specializes in residential and commercial solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Whether you see solar as the future for your home or business, A&R Solar understands that it’s about more than power. It’s a legacy for future generations.

A&R Solar has installed over 600 systems since they started business in March of 2007. We’ve worked with governments, schools, businesses, and home owners alike, with clients that include King County Housing Authority, Western Washington University, True Value Hardware, and hundreds of residences from Sequim to Spokane. 

With a strong belief that solar energy should be accessible to all, A&R Solar leads in developing community solar programs throughout the state. We’ve partnered with Seattle City Light, Clark Public Utilities, and Benton County PUD to bring large-scale community solar to their customers.

In addition, A&R Solar invests in its community, donating thousands of dollars each year in funding and solar energy to support non-profit organizations that align with their vision of environmental and social sustainability.

A&R Solar provides turnkey solar installations with an unyielding commitment to high-quality craftsmanship and excellent customer service.

We are currently a finalist for Puget Sound Business Journal’s Best Places to Work award.

A&R Solar is a Finalist for Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2015 Puget Sound Best Workplaces

A&R Solar - Puget Sound Business Journal Best Workplaces

The Puget Sound Business Journal has confirmed what we already knew—A&R Solar is a great place to work.

Our company was named as a finalist for the newspaper’s 2015 Puget Sound Best Workplaces. Employees filled out an online survey, and our team scored us among the highest based on questions related to job satisfaction, relationships with their bosses, camaraderie with fellow employees, opportunity for advancement and more.

We are proud that our staff take pride in our company and the work we do. Every day is truly a team effort.

Employee owned and operated, A&R Solar has been business since 2007 and is one of Washington’s fastest-growing companies. We strive to create a culture that values and respects diversity and inclusion in the traditional contractor field. We have grown the number of women and ethnic minorities in our company. We give each employee a yearly educational stipend to grow their careers and passions, while providing paternity & maternity leaves, 401k matching, generous vacation, employee ownership, and regular pizza and beer. We do construction a little differently around here.

The top workplaces will be announced during an awards ceremony at Safeco Field in August.

Two Washington Community Solar Projects to Open Soon

Clark County PUD Community Solar - A&R Solar

Two community solar projects in Washington State will soon be up and running, offering residents in Clark and Benton counties an affordable green investment that will save them money on their power bills.

A&R Solar is in the process of installing ground-mounted solar arrays in Kennewick and should be done soon. Work on the arrays in Vancouver began on June 1st and is expected to be complete by August. Both are the first of their kind in the counties.

Community solar allows people to own a small stake in a large solar array, and the production is credited on their utility bills. It lets people participate in renewable energy who don’t have homes suitable for solar panels (including renters), those looking for an alternative to investing in a home system, or homeowners who can’t afford the investment

The programs are voluntary. Utilities are required under Initiative 937 to obtain 15 percent of their electricity from new renewable resources such as solar and wind (but excluding hydro). There are currently 40 community solar projects in Washington State, totaling 1.03 MW, according to Washington State University.

Not only will participating customers receive credits on their utility bills but also state production incentives of $1.08 per kilowatt hour.

Both projects use panels and inverters made in Washington, which qualify them for additional savings from state incentives. Overall, new renewable energy resource development in Washington has led to more than $8 billion of investment in the state, creating more than 3,800 jobs and generating more than $145 million in public tax revenue. Results from a 2014 Solar Washington study show that for every one dollar of the Washington State solar incentive redirected to PV system owners, the state sees $2.46 injected back into the local economy. In the case of 2013 installations, $48.2M will be injected in to the economy as a result of the $19.6M that the state will pay out in solar incentives.

Benton County Public Utility District

The Benton PUD project broke ground in April. It has 272 solar panels in an array in Kennewick with a capacity of generating just under 75 kilowatts, enough to power around six homes a year.

PUD customers who signed up for community solar paid $250 per unit, with a cap of 40 units per customer. The utility sold a total of 1,500 units, holding a lottery to accommodate demand. Both residential and commercial customers were eligible.

The money generated from the sale of shares will pay for the project. Customers are expected to recoup their investment within three to four years. They will continue to earn energy generation credits through the life of the project.

Clark County Public Utility District

Clark County PUD sold out its shares in its first planned community solar project so fast that it decided to build more arrays.

The project is made up of five separate arrays. Three of them are 74.8 kW, one is 59.4 kW, and another is 35.2 kW. The panels will produce enough energy to power 30 homes.

Participating customers will pay $100 a share and can buy up to 100 shares. The PUD estimates that customers will recoup their costs within four years. The utility sold a total of around 2,700 shares.

The project uses Washington-made equipment, including panels and inverters from Itek Energy and racking equipment from SunModo.

The PUD gets most of its power from the hydroelectric dams of the Bonneville Power Association. The rest comes from natural gas.