Commercial and Industrial Solar Project Developer

Bloomington, Illinois

StraightUp Solar is seeking a Commercial Project Developer (CPD) to originate, develop, and close commercial and industrial solar photovoltaic projects with a focus in northern and central Illinois. The position is based out of our Bloomington-Normal office; however, candidates may live anywhere in Illinois. Please send resume and cover letter to

About StraightUp Solar

StraightUp Solar is a turn-key solar PV design & installation company of 77 people and 4 crews operating in Illinois and Missouri since 2007. We are a Certified B-Corporation, and member of Amicus Solar Cooperative and Amicus O&M Cooperative. We believe in an equitable workplace and business practices that promote a sustainable environment with a commitment to balance between people, place, and profit.

What We Offer

  • Core values-driven and cooperative culture
  • Competitive base salary plus commission
  • Profit sharing
  • Incredible Benefits:
  • Employer Matching 401(k)
  • Subsidized North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) training
  • Medical Insurance Stipend
  • Paid Life Insurance
  • Dental & Vision insurance (voluntary)
  • Short and Long Term Disability (voluntary)
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Maternity and Parental Bonding leave


  • Build, qualify and maintain trusted relationships with thought leaders, local community groups, schools, business leaders, municipalities, and non-profits
  • Perform all aspects of the sales process including lead generation and qualification, preliminary site evaluation, financing, pro-forma generation, contracting, and customer management
  • Work with Estimating, Engineering, and Finance teams to develop competitive well-crafted proposals
  • Contribute to solar advocacy efforts to educate the public, regulators and lawmakers about smart solar policy


  • 5+ years of commercial and industrial solar sales experience
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Strong knowledge of solar technology, market trends, and Illinois and federal incentive programs
  • Good balance of sales and technical skills with an understanding of when and how to use them to negotiate and close deals
  • Opportunity network capable of being leveraged
  • Entrepreneurial, highly organized, goal oriented, and data driven
  • Strong background in relationship building and business development
  • Deep knowledge of solar finance and creative approaches to closing deals
  • Efficient with Excel, Word, email, Helioscope, Energy Toolbase, and customer relationship management (CRM) software
  • Excellent teamwork skills – ability to foster a positive team environment
  • Efficient, clear and consistent communication
  • Agile, flexible and efficient
  • High performance, both in quality and pace
  • Proactive mindset – seek new opportunity and creative strategies
  • Clean driving record