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Development Analyst

Planted Solar

Planted Solar

Oakland, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 26, 2024

First, the good news: The world now has over 1.7 terawatts of cumulative solar capacity and solar PV is the lowest-cost source of energy generation worldwide.

The challenge: The world must build 3 terawatts of new solar capacity every year for the next 25 years.

Planted is creating new technology to overhaul how the industry develops and builds solar power resources. And we need help. We're expanding our team of ambitious, curious, and hands-on engineers and operators. Come own large parts of product, company, or business development and help power the world with 100% clean energy.

About The Role

As the Development Analyst, you will focus on early customer engagement and strategy, proposal development, and pipeline growth of solar power plants. You will own critical pieces of our business development process and apply your knowledge of Planted’s technology, the energy market, and solar projects to support customers. Successful candidates will possess strong leadership and communication skills, energy and infrastructure financial acumen, and a desire to be a part of a growing, early-stage company. This role offers the opportunity to work closely with a talented and cross-functional engineering and business team with a high degree of empowerment and autonomy.


  • Support all aspects of project origination and development to expand the project pipeline and win contracts.
  • Own site analysis, financial and energy modeling, and proposal creation for potential solar power plant projects
  • Support internal and external resources to help negotiate LOIs and master framework contracts.
  • Support the creation and improvement of development and project management tools, processes, and standard operating procedures
  • Structure and prepare analysis and materials for senior management.


  • 1+ years of working experience in the energy industry
  • Strong communication, organization, and relationship management skills
  • Financial modeling experience using Microsoft Excel
  • Hands-on ownership mentality, curiosity, and resourcefulness
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity, reduce reasonable risks, and make good decisions with imperfect knowledge


  • Bachelor’s in business, engineering, economics, mathematics, or related field
  • Experience in energy markets or renewable energy project development
  • Experience with solar industry software (e.g., PVsyst, Anderson Optimization)

*A note on qualifications: Many people are unlikely to apply for jobs unless they believe they can perform every task in the job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and will consider equivalent combinations of knowledge, skills, education, and experience to meet minimum qualifications. If you are interested in applying, we encourage you to think broadly about your background and skill set for the role.


  • Mostly desk work using standard office equipment
  • The position requires some travel for customer site visits, conferences, and company-wide meetings

The salary range for this full-time position is $75,000 - $100,000 plus stock options and benefits. Pay within the range is based on candidate experience, job-specific skills, education, and work location. The target experience for the position is 1 - 3 years.

What We Offer

  • 11 paid company holidays and flexible Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Company-paid in-office lunches
  • Stock options
  • Medical, vision, dental, and other benefits
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • 401(k)
  • A chance to have an empowered, meaningful, and early role in climate

This will be a great fit if:

  • You want to solve challenging problems
  • You are biased toward action and focus on the vital work that drives the most impact
  • You prioritize the physical and psychological safety of yourself and those around you
  • You are humble, embrace change, and deliver and receive candid feedback
  • You are optimistic about the future and can make tough decisions to help get there
  • You have high expectations and coach, develop, and make time to help others

Planted Solar is an equal opportunity employer committed to growing inclusively, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. However you identify, or whatever background you bring with you, please apply. We look forward to hearing from you.