Solar Project Development Design Lead (Richmond VA)(Hybrid)

At Dominion Energy we love our jobs.  That’s right.  Love.  Every day we go to work filled with passion to be excellent, to creatively problem solve and to innovate.  These are exciting days for energy companies, and Dominion Energy aims to shape the future of energy in America. We are looking at all of our work with fresh eyes, retooling everything we do, in every part of the company, to operate more sustainably and to deliver energy more reliably than ever.  We are looking for interesting, independent thinkers and doers who can help shape the culture of a forward-looking company that’s proud of its rich legacy. Are you a change agent?  Do you think differently?  Do you want to fall in love with your job? If you answered “yes,” then read on!


We offer a hybrid 3-2 work schedule (three days in the office, two days of teleworking) to accommodate the need for flexibility.


Military service members and veterans with ranks from E5-E9, W1-CW5, or O3-O6, plus appropriate equivalent combination of education and years of experience as outlined below will be considered for this opportunity. 

At this time, Dominion Energy cannot transfer or sponsor a work visa or employment authorization for this position.



Job Summary

Design innovative fixed-tilt and tracking solar arrays from initial conceptual layouts through full civil construction site plans, appropriate for permitting and contractor bidding.

Design Solar PV systems, including array layouts, fence layout, road layout, grading, screening and buffering layout. Layouts to be performed in AutoCAD Civil 3D, PV Case and/or Helios 3D. Oversight of strategic Owners Engineer contracts for design support.

Prepare site layouts which meet and exceed the zoning/entitlement requirements.

Create innovative designs and technologies which add financial, environmental, and social value to the projects.

Attend meetings with internal and external customers to provide engineering support through design, permitting, and construction phases including, but not limited to, reviewing/approving equipment submittals, responding to RFIs, and addressing local jurisdiction comments.

Develop and lead design coordination with internal and external teams responsible for project execution including, but not limited to, partnering consulting engineers, permitting & construction project managers, site superintendents, general foremen, and customer representatives.

Establish basis of design including module selection, string sizing, ground coverage ratio, inverter selection, inverter power factor requirements, inverter loading ratio, and collector cable sizing.

Assess existing site conditions, document key construction risks, and assist in creating construction cost estimates to address those key risks.  Stay current on new technological developments in the field.

Coordinate with design, permitting, construction, and operations groups to refine design solutions in future projects.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities & Experience

Knowledge, skills, abilities and experiences that are required for entry into this job include the following:

  • 7-8+ years of relevant experience in civil design in the fields of business, public utilities, environmental research, real estate or public service;
  • Use Helios 3D or PV Case software and Excel spreadsheets to calculate  Solar PV system sizes;
  • Understanding of utility PPA and Interconnection requirements preferred;
  • Previous project management of complex projects and leadership skills required;
  • Skilled in the use of a personal computer and related software;
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and oral are required;
  • Demonstrated skill and ability to influence and interact with others, often external to the organization, to achieve desired results;
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a teamed environment, and effectively lead and interact with internal and external staff.

Education Requirements

Degree or an equivalent combination of education and demonstrated related experience may be accepted in lieu of preferred level of education: Bachelor

Preferred discipline:
Civil Engineering
Other disciplines may be substituted for the preferred discipline(s) listed above.

Licenses, Certifications, or Quals Description


Certified BMP Inspector

Professional Engineer

Working Conditions

Office Work Environment 51-75%
Operating Machinery 26-50%
Travel Up to 25%

Other Working Conditions

Test Description

No Testing Required


Export Control

Certain positions at Dominion Energy may involve access to information and technology subject to export controls under U.S. law.  Compliance with these export controls may result in Dominion Energy limiting its consideration of certain applicants.


Other Information

We offer excellent plans and programs for employees. Employees are rewarded with a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package which may include: health benefits with coverage for families and domestic partners, vacation, retirement plans, paid holidays, tuition reimbursement, and much more.   To learn more about our benefits, click here

Dominion Energy is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their protected veteran or disabled status.  

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Top 3 Reasons to Work at Dominion Energy

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1. Safety Centric Work Environment
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3. Collaborative & Inclusive Culture 

About Dominion Energy

I am your warm cup of coffee in the morning and I light your home at night. I am the cool breeze from your A/C on the hottest day in summer, and the red coil that heats your soup pot on a frigid winter’s day. I am sustainable, reliable and affordable.
I am not just any energy… I am Dominion Energy.
We're transforming the way we do business to build a more sustainable future for the planet, our customers, our team and our industry.  We're shaping the future of energy in America.
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·17,000 employees
·Headquarters: Richmond, VA
·16 states in the US
·$100 billion of assets
·Nearly $35 million in charitable contributions
·100,000+ volunteer hours recorded in the community

Our Commitment to NetZero by 2050

We’ve cut carbon emissions from our electric generation business by approximately 46% (since 2005) and methane emissions from our natural gas business by 38% (since 2010) — and we're just getting started. By growing wind, solar, and renewable natural gas and pursuing innovative technologies, we expect to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. We’ve also committed to reducing the emissions of our suppliers and customers — so we can all move forward together.

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