Our History, Team & Careers

Our Mission

To Create and Enable the Energy Revolution with an Inspired and Innovative Team dedicated to ending fossil fuel emissions through excellence of Design, Installation, and Customer Service.

The Most Experienced Solar Installer In The Region.

Puget Sound Solar LLC (PSS) was founded by Jeremy Smithson and Pamela Burton with a vision of a green, sustainable future for the residents of Puget Sound. PSS is a Washington General Electrical Contractor (License # PUGETSS920RH) and General Construction Contractor (License # PUGETSS932MU). PSS installed Seattle’s first residential grid-tied solar electric system in 2001 and we’ve been installing Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging stations since 2006.

Over the years, we’ve installed over 19,000 kilowatts of solar energy projects, including about 35% of all photovoltaic systems in the Seattle City Light service area, and 10% of all such systems statewide. We’ve installed over 1400 electric vehicle charging stations. Between 2009 and 2013 we performed 600 complete home energy audits and over 200 home energy retrofits, giving us a deep understanding of the interconnection between renewable energy and energy efficiency.

PSS designs, installs, and services all types of grid-connected solar electric systems. We have licensed electricians on staff and do 100% of our installation work in house. We are located at the geographical center of Seattle at 805 Rainier Avenue South, 98144.

Our work includes promoting the use of solar energy by educating policy makers, architects, engineers, builders, developers, electricians, and the general public, about green power, infrastructure resilience, and sustainable solutions to growing environmental challenges. We have 11 kW of solar systems on our Certified Net Zero business office and we frequently invite interested people to drop in and have a look. 

Now, with more than two decades of experience, Puget Sound Solar continues to be the leader in the region, keeping a staff of 40+ busy. The coming years promise more growth, thanks to our fantastic customers and crew!

Careers In Solar - Current Openings

Now Hiring – Permit Technician

The Permit Technician prepares Puget Sound Solar project specific documents to procure permits and utility approval (when necessary) and creates document packets for the installation crews. This position is instrumental in the organization and implementation of the various project management ledgers and systems. Additionally this position aids with incentive applications, when applicable, and may function as admin for various company functions, such as product recalls. 

Major areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:

  • Prepare project specific documents
  • Obtain project permits and required permission for work
  • Submit incentive paperwork, as needed
  • Facilitate the net metering agreement application
  • Assist with associated office/warehouse tasks

Hours:  Full-time. Mon-Thurs 7am – 5pm. 

Remote Work: Permitted once trained; some office time will be required

Compensation: Hourly 

Immediate Supervisor: Operations Manager

Specific Responsibilities of the Job:

Prepare project specific documents

  • Create site plans, electrical line diagrams, wind load calcs, layouts, and other project specific documents for contracted work
  • Coordinate with sales team and project managers to ensure accuracy of project documents
  • Amend “red-lined” documents and make sure the project management software reflects the as-built project
  • Track project progress by maintaining and updating database milestones and internal company records

Obtain project permits and required permission for work

  • Apply for and obtain permits for contracted work including electrical and building permits for PV, EVSE and electrical projects
  • Present project documentation at permit desks when necessary
  • Answer inquiries from AHJ’s and utilities to facilitate permit issuance  
  • Prepare net metering paperwork, interconnection agreements and other applications for PSS customers, as needed.

Assist with associated office/warehouse tasks

  • Track project progress from sale through completion by maintaining and updating database milestones and internal company records, as needed.
  • Maintain warehouse and office inventory and order stock materials as necessary

Job Requirements

  • Familiarity with grid-tied solar and associated NEC requirements
  • 2+ years AutoCAD experience 
  • Competency in MS Office and Google program suites
  • Experience with project management a bonus 
  • Experience obtaining permits and familiarity with regional Authorities Having Jurisdiction a plus
  • Highly organized and detail oriented
  • Valid WA state driver’s license and clean driving record
  • Highly motivated, self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Desire to learn and grow in a rapidly developing industry

Benefits and compensation

  • $23-27/hr DOE
  • Two weeks of PTO
  • Medical, Dental Vision Insurance
  • 4% 401K matching plan, after a year
  • Three day weekends
  • Remote work, once trained

If interested, please send cover letter and resume to wsumner@pugetsoundsolar.com.

Now Hiring – Installers

The Solar Installer participates in all aspects of photovoltaic system installation
and services residential and commercial PV systems.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 7am – 5pm.
Remote Work: Not permitted
Compensation: Hourly
Immediate Supervisor: Project Manager/Operations Manager

Major areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:

  • Install solar electric systems from start to finish
  • Maintain vehicle and warehouse organization
  • Assist electricians and other crew members as necessary

Specific Responsibilities of the Job:

  • Install solar electric systems from start to finish
  • Follow plans, designs and equipment specifications to layout
  • PV racking on rooftops or other surfaces
  • Safely and efficiently move materials from ground level to rooftop installation
    site
  • Adhere to project designs, electrical line diagrams and equipment specifications
    to install high-quality PV systems and ensure code compliance
  • Adhere to industry fall protection standards and company safety programs
  • Commission PV systems and troubleshoot as necessary
  • Complete PV work orders and required paperwork as necessary
  • Work under the supervision of onsite electricians, project managers and project
    leads Maintain vehicle and warehouse organization
  • Load and unload vehicles with project material
  • Manage organized stock of supplies on company vehicles
  • Maintain warehouse material stock and organize as necessary Assist electricians
    and other crew members as necessary
  • Maintain valid electrical trainee card
  • Assist all electricians with tasks associated with PV installation and
    electrical wiring may include pulling wire, wiring junction boxes, PV rooftop
    wiring, etc.

Job Requirements

  • Extensive construction experience. Direct PV experience preferred
  • Extensive experience working with tools including power tools and hand tools
  • Demonstrated ability to work alone and with others as part of a team
  • Ability to work on rooftops, ladders, attics, crawlspaces and confined spaces
    safely
  • Demonstrated ability to pick up and carry heavy objects
  • Highly motivated, self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Valid WA state drivers license and clean driving record
  • General knowledge of home construction, building materials, workplace safety,
    fall protection, OSHA safety standards, etc.
  • Desire to learn and grow in a rapidly developing industry

Metrics

  • Installation workmanship: installing arrays to our standards and aiding in
    commissioning and documentation, as needed
  • Tracked via conversations with crew leads, electricians and Project Managers
  • Attendance
  • Tracked via Residential Project Managers
  • Installation speed (after workmanship)

Benefits and compensation

  • $20-23/hr DOE
  • Two weeks of PTO
  • Medical, Dental Vision Insurance
  • 4% 401K matching plan, after a year
  • Three day weekends

If interested, please send cover letter and resume to wsumner@pugetsoundsolar.com.

Now Hiring – 01 & 02 Electricians

Our Solar Electricians are responsible for the installation from the junction box on the roof to the interconnection point with the utility as well as the overall code compliance of the entire system.

Hours: Mon-Thurs 7am – 5pm
Remote Work: Not applicable
Compensation: Hourly
Immediate Supervisor: Project Manager

  • Solar PV system installation
  • Battery system installation
  • Installation of new electrical services, panel change-outs and EV circuits
  • Installation code compliance
  • Oversight of installation crew; work with crew lead to commission system

Specific Responsibilities of the Job:

  • Solar PV System Installation
  • Follow electrical line diagrams, scope of work and project specifications
  • Ensure code compliance for the entire installation
  • Workmanship must meet the expectations of the homeowner and be installed in a
    “neat and workmanlike manner”
  • Changes to the installation plan and significant project milestones must be
    communicated to both the project manager and the homeowner.
  • Project design and preparation
  • Maintain work truck with organized equipment inventory and compile shopping
    lists as necessary
  • Work with the crew to commission and test the system
  • Complete project close-out documentation and uploads complete picture sets
  • Must be able to adapt to changing project parameters in a dynamic environment
    and aid in finding solutions
  • Oversee electrical trainees on jobsites
  • Act as supervising electrician for electrical trainees as required by the State
    of Washington
  • Train apprentices on electrical skills pertinent to PV installation
  • Ensure all trainee work meets code standards
  • Installation of new electrical services, panel change-outs and EV circuits
  • Job scope may involve the following:
  • New service entrances
  • Electrical load center swaps
  • EV circuits or EVSE (electric vehicle service equipment) installations
  • Battery system Installation
  • Select electricians will be trained to install battery backup systems
  • Research and understand the battery systems we typically employ: Powerwall, LG,
    and eventually Enphase
  • Perform site visits and aid in system design as needed

Job Requirements

  • 01 or 02 electrician with one year minimum residential work experience
  • Extensive experience working with service conductors, masts, load centers and
    grounding systems
  • Must be able to bend conduit
  • Demonstrated ability to work alone and with others as part of a team
  • Ability to work on rooftops, ladders, attics, crawlspaces and confined spaces
    safely
  • Demonstrated ability to pick up and carry heavy objects
  • Highly motivated, self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills
  • Valid WA state drivers license and clean driving record
  • General knowledge of home construction, building materials, workplace safety,
    fall protection, OSHA safety standards, etc.
  • Desire to learn and grow in a rapidly developing industry

Metrics

  • Passed inspections
  • Need system
  • Workmanship
  • Tracked via passed inspections and project photos
  • Leadership and problem solving in the field
  • Tracked via the project managers
  • Attendance
  • Tracked via the project managers

Benefits and compensation

  • 02 Electrician: $36-42 Depending on experience
    01 Electrician: $48-55 Depending on experience
  • Two weeks of PTO
  • Medical, Dental Vision Insurance
  • 4% 401K matching plan, after a year
  • Three day weekends
  • Company issued van

If interested, please send cover letter and resume to wsumner@pugetsoundsolar.com.

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