Project Development / Origination Internship

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Project Development / Origination Internship | Candela Renewables | San Francisco, CA

Company Description: Founded by former First Solar executives, Candela has one of the most accomplished teams developing utility-scale solar power projects in the United States. Since it was founded in 2018, Candela has assembled a portfolio of more than 3.6 GW of utility-scale solar projects and 2.2 GW of co-located energy storage showcasing their ability to deliver high-quality, well-developed projects.

Role Description: The internship is expected to be completed over the summer months with an opportunity for extension, and candidates are expected to work up to 40-hours/week. Start dates are estimated for June 2021 currently. Given current Covid-19 guidelines, the position could be held remotely, although the San Francisco headquarters may reopen during the summer and preference will be given candidates that are able to work from there. The position may lead to an opportunity to join Candela full time upon graduation.


  • Perform market and policy research to prepare analyses that drive strategic solar development

  • Support Development and Origination staff with power marketing and RFP responses to utilities, commercial/industrial customers, and other wholesale buyers of power to secure energy offtake agreements

  • Work with financial models and quantitative tools to guide analysis, pricing and decision making

  • Collaborate with Development and Execution teams to perform project diligence including, but not limited to: landowner or property information, zoning areas, easements, right of way applications, title documents, mitigation land opportunities, tax abatements, previous biological and cultural studies, etc.

  • Perform due diligence and screening for asset acquisitions

  • Support key solar project development work including some or all of the following: siting, interconnection, engineering, permitting, zoning, power marketing and project finance

  • Conduct research and produce memorandums and associated materials to be presented to upper management for review and approval of contracts and spend

  • Lead reporting activities and associated data management


  • Applicant should be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at the time of application (students in their last year of graduate school or undergraduate studies are preferred).

  • Previous experience in or with the energy industry is strongly preferred

  • Exceptional organizational and communication skills

  • Proven analytical and quantitative skills (must be comfortable managing large data sets and working nimbly in Excel)

  • Technical understanding of solar development and power markets is a plus

  • Ability to handle large amounts of incoming information, balance multiple projects and reprioritize on the fly

  • Ability to work individually and in a group setting

  • Previous experience with Microsoft Office (specifically, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Project and Outlook) required and previous experience with compliance management and/or CRM software preferred

  • Previous experience with Google Earth, PVSyst or ESRI ArcGIS preferred

  • Passion for working in the renewable energy industry, specifically utility-scale solar development

  • High-energy, “go get ’em” attitude that contributes to a fun and diverse work atmosphere

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