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    Ivan Pienaar


    Are you a Solar Design Engineer with a proven track record of designing solar systems with optimal yield performance that generates impressive ROIs? Then this one is for you!

    We are seeking a highly experienced and skilled Solar Design Engineer (min of 4+ years of design experience) to join an international developer and operator of PV plants with major funding shareholders backing them and who has more recently entered the South African market. Our client operates in the commercial and industrial space, with nearly 250 MW of solar projects across various jurisdictions and a portfolio of nearly 360 000 MWh in counting. Their end goal is to make a positive impact on the environment while enabling commercial users to reduce their energy costs and remain connected to an uninterrupted energy supply.

    As a Senior Design Engineer in the solar space, you have an opportunity to join this forward-thinking firm in which you will play a pivotal role in driving the client’s vision for the expansion of greener and more reliable solar energy developments in Southern Africa. The company values strategic commercial thinkers – and they pin their decisions on deep market research and strong technical know-how. If you are the professional, we are looking for, you are articulate in your verbal communications, well presented, and are not afraid to roll up your sleeves and execute tough technical projects using a logical approach. If you have a bachelor's degree in Electrical or Mechatronic Engineering from an esteemed university and have an impressive renewable energy portfolio where you have conducted feasibility studies, produced designs, and conducted system analysis and recommendations on solar systems portfolios ranging between 300kW to 10MW as well as optimized operational PV assets – then you are the person we want to speak to. We are looking for a master of AutoCAD and PVSyst software systems.

    As the Senior Design Engineer, you will be the driving force behind their solar power projects. You will apply your technical expertise when spearheading the power projects from concept to completion and in turn PV optimizations. Responsibilities include the development of accurate and detailed design processes including system sizing, layout, and equipment selection. You will also be expected to collaborate and advise cross-functional teams to ensure successful project execution at the design and implementation phase. The ideal candidate will have a portfolio of successfully implemented solar designs and showcase an excellent understanding of industry-relevant codes and standards.

    Do you believe that you have what it takes to be part of the driving force at one of South Africa’s up-and-coming solar powerhouses? Well then, get ready to power up your career in the renewable energy sector, this is it, click the apply button below, we are looking forward to your application!

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    Education Requirements

    • Eng or Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Mechatronic Engineering
    • Accredited design sources would be highly beneficial
    • Qualification in the renewable energy sector is beneficial

    Experience Requirements

    • 4 - 6 years of technical experience in producing high-level designs for photovoltaic, off-grid, hybrid, and grid-tied solar solutions
    • Proficiency in advanced industry-related design tools such as AutoCAD, and design software such as PVSyst, and Helioscope
    • Strong leadership qualities with the ability to train fellow team members
    • Proven track record of solar system designs
    • Familiarity with industry standards and best practices for solar systems


    Responsibilities include leading the design engineering team with an in-depth understanding of the solar industry and proven technical expertise. Efficiently leading the design and development process of solar energy systems. The Senior Design Engineer will analyze the performance quality of the systems to identify areas of improvement within system designs, performance, or equipment specifications. Responsibilities also extend to design evaluations and product testing while ensuring that the project is concluded in a timely and cost-effective manner. The Senior Design Engineer will also assess the site and conduct feasibility studies to determine the optimal use of resources and achieve efficient performance projections. The use of design-related tools and software is pivotal and incorporated within the workflow of the Senior Design Engineer.


    • Proficiency in MS Office
    • Ability to work with different role players within the project such as Business Developers, Project Managers, and Technicians
    • Excellent communication skills
    • Ability to foster partnerships and advance the project through collaboration
    • Ability to perform tasks independently
    • Ability to produce comprehensive performance evaluation reports
    • Ability to identify and resolve issues in a timely manner

    Who Is AltGen?

    We offer recruitment, consulting and employment services with a focus on recruitment for renewable energy and sustainability jobs across the globe. AltGen is a renewable energy recruitment agency with offices in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Mauritius, and the United Kingdom, which focuses on developing careers for individuals in our niche space.

    With an experienced and passionate team with over 100 years of combined experience, AltGen plays an integral role in the renewable energy and sustainability industry. We operate throughout the world and are rapidly expanding.

    Our recruitment agency focuses on jobs in: Solar | Wind | Renewable Energy | Biogas | Biomass | Energy Management | Energy Efficiency | Green Buildings | Green Tech | Photovoltaics | Solar Thermal | Energy Storage | Battery Systems | Off-grid | Hydro | CSP | CPV | IoT | AI | AgriTech | FinTech | Green Hydrogen | Wheeling | Energy Trading | ESG | Sustainability | Carbon Management.

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