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NREL Solar and Storage Cost Modeling Analyst in Golden, Colorado

Posting Title

Solar and Storage Cost Modeling Analyst



CO - Golden


Position Type



Hours Per Week



Job Description

The Strategic Energy Analysis Center at NREL is seeking a technically-focused and experienced research analyst in solar energy systems cost modeling and competitiveness analysis. The mid-level position will involve leading work in three inter-related areas: (1) developing technical cost models to analyze the costs of solar and solar plus storage energy systems, (2) working with internal and external partners to collect primary data to populate the models, and (3) utilizing the models to support the evaluation of targeted R&D opportunities, technology advancements, and manufacturing developments as they relate to a range of market and policy issues. The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to combine scientific, engineering, and economics perspectives with excellent work habits, communication skills, and quantitative analysis capabilities. This position can be located at NREL’s Golden, CO or Washington, DC office.

More specifically, this position will provide expertise and support in the following ways:

  • Lead manufacturing cost and balance of system cost model development and analysis for residential-, commercial-, and utility-scale solar and solar plus storage technologies.

  • Lead analysis to collect data and information on solar and storage technology manufacturing and installation processes and costs; Evaluate trade and manufacturing issues related to solar and storage technologies; Identify opportunities for component-, system-, and operations-level cost reductions.; Interpret model results for policy, market, economic and/or technology analysis.

  • Utilize models in support of both internal and external R&D planning and evaluation through collaboration with other national labs, universities, and industrial partners.

  • Publish results in technical reports, conference proceedings, and journals.

  • Present work at conferences, symposiums, and review meetings.


Basic Qualifications

PhD in Business, Economics, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering. Or, Master's Degree in Business, Economics, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Enginnering and 3 or more years of related experience . Or Bachelors Degree in Business, Economics, Industrial Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Mechanical Enginnering and 5 or more years of related experience.


Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated full knowledge of laws, regulations, principles, procedures and practices related to specific field.

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, problem solving and project management skills.

  • Ability to use various computer software programs.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience related to the technical evaluation of manufacturing clean energy technologies and supply chain analysis.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of practices, techniques, and problem-solving methodologies in bottom-up technology cost modeling.

  • Direct experience in design of solar energy systems or analysis of solar supply chains preferred.

  • Strong technology bench marking and valuation skills, as well as market analysis and primary information collection experience to support strategic investments and R&D decisions.

  • Experience managing projects.


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