Controls Engineer, Energy Storage Division
Borrego Solar Systems seeks an experience Controls Engineer for its growing energy storage division (ESD), responsible for the controls system design and integration for energy storage projects in development through execution. Collaborating with project developers and supporting all ESD project and business development activity through pre-sales engineering, the Controls Engineer will play a key role in the expansion of applications that Borrego’s energy storage system can deliver for our customers. For projects in the execution phase, this role will ensure successful integration of our energy storage systems into existing or new SCADA infrastructure, and the successful implementation and commissioning of advanced energy storage controls strategies with our vendor partners.
The position will report to the Director of Technology and Operations – ESD, and will be based in one of Borrego’s main offices in Massachusetts, New York or California. This is an exciting opportunity to join a vibrant startup division within a strong, established company, and to play an important role on a small team.
Borrego Solar is a leading national distributed energy development, design, construction, operations and maintenance firm that focuses on the commercial, public, and utility sectors, operating principally in California, Massachusetts, New York, and Illinois. We have an unmatched track record of profitable growth over the last decade – a record of consistency that is built on great people, steady leadership, excellent customer service, good decision-making, and focus.
In 2016, with the increasing and accelerating pace of integration of renewables in the US electricity system, we saw both a systematic need and a market opportunity in long-duration electricity storage. As a result, we launched an independent division that offers the same scope of services for energy storage that we offer for solar. We are now just over two years into our plan to incubate a business unit that is solely focused on storage – a division currently composed of eight people, based in Cambridge, MA, with strong support from other key Borrego personnel. We have completed construction on four projects, are underway with another ten projects under contract, and have three times formally accelerated our initial plan, based on the strength of our pipeline and our confidence in our ability to execute our plan. We are growing fast, and we need you to help us continue to be successful.
About the position The Controls Engineer will be the primary pre- and post-sale technical support resource for the controls integration on all energy storage projects, with design, discovery, and technical analysis responsibility from origination through commissioning. In this role, you will collaborate with our Energy Storage Business Development team to identify new market applications that we can deliver on, including microgrid, utility services, and wholesale market functions. In this capacity you will work with our developers and our Applications Engineers to identify commercially feasible controls solutions that facilitate such market applications, and leverage your experience to vet potential project partners including OEMs, system integrators, and DAS/SCADA providers who can deliver the hardware, software, and networking solutions required to make such applications successful. Building on this experience, you will work closely with the energy storage product management team to define the specifications for control systems that we require of our system integrator partners.
As projects kick off into the design phase, your role will be to partner with Borrego’s internal project engineering team and professional electrical engineers to design the controls system architecture for storage and solar-plus-storage projects. Critically, you will bring experience in network architecture and controls system design and commissioning to build Borrego’s knowledge base in these areas and allow more informed and productive collaborative with our OEMs and DAS/SCADA partners. You will be responsible for defining the commissioning plans that we establish with our partners to ensure the quality implementation of our solutions for each customer market application, and for leading the successful commissioning of each project upon completion of construction.
To succeed in this position, you’ll need to be comfortable working with our development team, internal Borrego engineers, construction project managers, and vendor technical partners. You must be able to thrive in a fast-paced environment, be comfortable with leading your own initiatives and partnering with others on collaborative projects, and be a joy to work with. At least most of the time.
Position responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:
• Lead in Borrego’s evaluation and selection of automation hardware and software necessary to meet current and future applications for energy storage systems.
• Collaborate with our project and business developers, bringing a technical feasibility perspective to questions of what we propose to customers and what market opportunities we pursue.
• Investigate controls requirements for market applications, including regulations and utility/ISO compliance requirements for telemetry and controls hardware and software, to support Borrego’s business development in new markets.
• Support technical elements of RFIs/RFPs in collaboration with Borrego’s project developers and Applications Engineers.
• Define controls requirements on a project basis and evaluate proposals for controls system solutions from hardware and software vendor partners.
• Define project commissioning requirements and support the development and execution of commissioning plans to ensure project controls solutions satisfy the required applications.
• Establish controls specifications for Borrego’s standard integrated energy storage products.
• Maintain a detailed understanding of Borrego Solar’s design and operational standards, and approved products.
Desired Skills and Experience:
• Possess a bachelor’s degree in electrical, mechanical, or controls engineering; Professional Engineering licensure is a plus
• Have 3-5 years’ experience in SCADA, building automation, or controls system design
• Have strong knowledge of electrical standards (UL/IEEE) and National Electrical Code and California Building Code, plus U.S. utility interconnection standards.
• Have strong familiarity with technical communications protocols (TCP/IP, Modbus/TCP, DNP3.0, BACnet, etc.) and a variety of controls software/hardware platforms.
• Have strong understanding of IT networking and security principles and network architecture design.
• Have superior written and oral communications skills and have demonstrated the ability to communicate technical matters to non-technical audiences.
• Have familiarity in developing or commissioning PID control loops.
• Have familiarity or experience with energy market applications and telemetry requirements.
• Have demonstrated the ability to inspire confidence in customers in controls engineering capacity.
• Have demonstrated the ability to multi-task and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
• Have demonstrated proficiency with AutoCAD.
• Be comfortable working on a small team in a fast-paced environment.
Borrego Solar’s approach to compensating our employees is unique and progressive. We offer a casual community based workplace that is upbeat and hard working. We strive for quality workmanship and place a large emphasis on customer satisfaction. We promote from within and are looking for career minded individuals, looking to advance in the growing photovoltaic industry. We offer pay commensurate with experience along with excellent benefits including:
•Competitive base salary
•Potential for bonuses
•Comprehensive benefits package including dental, vision, health, life, and disability insurance
•Self-managed flexible work schedules and time-off policies
•401(k) plan with company match and immediate vesting
•Continuing education and professional development assistance
Borrego Solar provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, genetics, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by state, federal and local laws. In addition to federal law requirements, Borrego complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities.
Thank you for considering joining our team! We can’t wait to hear from you.
(We are not using external recruiting services at this time.)