Development Analyst

Planted Solar
🌎 Location
💵 Salary

$75,000 - $100,000

🗓️ Posted

May 28, 2024

Oakland, CA

We are looking for world-class talent to tackle challenging projects that will help power the planet with 100% clean energy.

First, the good news: Humans have installed a little over 1 TW of cumulative solar capacity over the last 20 years - solar is now the cheapest source of energy generation around the globe.

Now, the challenge: Humans have to build 3 TW of solar capacity every year for the next 30+ years. Planted is creating new technology to overhaul how we design, develop, and build solar power resources to make this happen.

And, we need help. We're expanding our team of curious, collaborative, and hands-on engineers and operators. Come own large parts of product, company, or business development and help make our big plans a reality!

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

Preferred Qualifications

  • 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.

Physical and Sensory Requirements

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

Salary & Benefits

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

  • Flexible hours and paid time off
  • 11 paid company holidays
  • Company paid in-office lunches
  • Stock option compensation
  • Medical, vision, dental, and other benefits
  • Pre-tax commuter benefits
  • 401(k)
  • A chance to have an empowered, meaningful, and early role in climate


Oakland, CA (USA)

This will be a great fit if:

  • You have a bias for action and focus on the key work that drives the most impact.
  • You want to solve challenging problems.
  • You prioritize the physical and psychological safety of yourself, your team, and partners.
  • 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.

You’ll enjoy working at Planted because:

  • We prioritize safety. We create technology and culture that allows everyone to go home healthy.
  • We embody an owner mentality. We set goals, own the results, and proactively improve all aspects of our company - even in ways that are not explicitly part of our job and we take full responsibility for achieving the mission.
  • We are biased toward action and complete quality work quickly and make tough decisions without agonizing.
  • We are humble, embrace change, and value learning over being right. We see failure as a pathway to innovation and share setbacks and mistakes openly so everyone can learn and improve. We seek and celebrate the diversity of thought, experience, and culture to avoid echo chambers.
  • We strive to elevate everyone. We set high expectations for performance and celebrate wins, big and small. We coach, develop, and make time to help each other.

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.

Planted Solar

Development Analyst

$75,000 - $100,000


Oakland, CA


Climate & Sustainability



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