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Senior Project Engineer

RWE Renewables Americas LLC, Chicago, United States (US)  

To start on or To start as soon as possible, Full time, Permanent


A Senior Solar Engineer position to support the development of design standards and PV optimization tools required for Global PV portfolio.




  •  Perform solar layout and yield optimizations based on factors such as GCR, DC/AC, albedo and meteorological data
  • Perform sensitivity analysis on energy yield modeling for utility scale solar and storage plants
  • Support building and maintenance of internal  design optimization tools
  • Lead cross functional optimization efforts around  design, land utilization, equipment and technology for lowest LCOE 
  • Develop detailed technical scope of work documentation for EPC, solar modules and inverter procurement for  different regions(North America, APAC, Europe, LATAM)
  • Coordinate with the regional independent engineers and technical consulting firms to develop and maintain design standards for all regions
  • Creating preliminary design packages including single line diagrams and layouts  to support project development and engineering teams
  • Analyze operations data from existing generating sites to further optimize PV layouts and design




• Six years of proven experience in utility-scale renewable energy projects
• Proficiency in layout optimization tools such as SketchUp-SunDAT/Plant Predict/PVCase
• Advanced proficiency in PVsyst
• Experience in AutoCAD
• Understanding of financial modeling to optimize design for least LCOE
• Technical background in modules, inverters, trackers. Experience with batteries a plus.
• Python coding a plus
• Bachelor’s degree in electrical, civil, mechanical, or related engineering field. Masters/PhD in same preferred
• Knowledge of industry standards in above mentioned regions highly preferred

Promoting diversity (40x40) special offers for parents & children (40x40) company pension scheme (40x40) health services (40x40) shareholding (40x40) training/human resources development (40x40) career promotion (40x40) support of extra-occupational studies (40x40) attractive remuneration (40x40) accessibility (40x40) social commitment (40x40) International exchange (40x40) Graduate programme (40x40) good transport connection (40x40)


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Any questions? Ben Michalson ben.michalson@rwe.com 

We look forward to meeting you!


We value diversity and therefore welcome all applications, irrespective of gender, disability, nationality, ethnic and social background, religion and beliefs, age or sexual orientation and identity.

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RWE represents change, innovation and sustainability. As one of the world’s leading generators of electricity from renewable energy sources, we aim to be carbon-neutral by 2040 and to enable a sustainable life for people around the world. To achieve this, we are looking for dynamic and motivated people to join us in creating a sustainable and secure energy future.

RWE Renewables GmbH, based in Essen, Germany, is RWE’s youngest subsidiary and one of the world’s leading companies in the field of renewable energies. With an international team of around 3,500 employees, we are drivers of the energy transition – and provide electricity for a sustainable life. Our total capacity of more than 9 gigawatts results from onshore and offshore wind parks, photovoltaic plants and battery storage. We focus on growth: on the American continent, on the European core markets and on new markets in the Asia-Pacific region.

Nearest Major Market: Chicago

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