Project Development Engineer – Telecoms Solutions at CrossBoundary Energy (CBE)

Application deadline closed.

Job Description

CrossBoundary Energy (CBE) is the leading provider of clean, renewable, reliable, and affordable electricity directly to businesses. According to World Bank data, access to reliable and affordable electricity is the most significant constraint on economic growth on the continent. CBE addresses this challenge by providing corporates with fully financed renewable power. Through this approach, we are building a disruptive, distributed, renewable utility that can unlock sustainable growth.


  • CrossBoundary Energy (CBE) is recruiting a full-time Development Engineer for the Telecom Solutions sector team.
  • You will actively support CBE’s investments in solar-hybrid assets for telecommunications infrastructure throughout Africa by supporting the development of world-class technical solutions and commercial proposals for our potential clients.
  • You’re both engineer and business developer, being a critical interface between both teams, ensuring that our technical solutions proposed to clients are fit for purpose and competitive, and engaging clients in technical discussions as needed.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Conduct hybrid sizing, configuration and design including optimal configuration of solar, thermal and storage seeking to optimize for LCoE
  • Produce preliminary design documentation including layouts, Interconnection strategy, SLD’s, BoQ’s, PVSyst analysis, etc.;
  • Carry out site and situation analysis of projects and effectively drive the technical development to address high risk and critical path workstreams.
  • Support data gathering from customers and associated 3rd parties as required to effectively carry out studies and associated development activities
  • Support with the EPC engagement, contracting, configuration optimization and review of EPC detailed designs
  • Support the business development team with technical inputs for pricing, proposal materials, other sales documentation, and customer engagement
  • Provide technical support during Energy Services Agreement (ESA) contract drafting and negotiations.

Required skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a relevant Engineering field
  • Commercial aptitude and excellent communication skills
  • 3+ years work experience in renewable energy systems; work experience in telecom sector is a pre
  • Demonstrable experience in hybrid/off-grid sizing, configuring and modelling– HOMER (or similar) and/or self-built models
  • Understanding of the key components that form part of a hybrid solution:
  • Solar PV
  • Battery storage (including understanding different storage technologies and the associated tradeoffs)
  • Diesel generators
  • Strong understanding of DC/DC and AC/DC Electrical Power Systems, Power Electronics, and Solar energy systems
  • Writes clearly, professionally, and without grammatical errors
  • Highly competent in both Excel and Powerpoint.


Ideal candidate will have the following skills and qualifications:

  • 3+ years relevant working experience
  • 2+ year work experience in solar PV, SHS, minigrids or minigrid design and implementation with a top-tier firm
  • Experience designing a small scale solar/storage/thermal hybrid project Undergone some project management training
  • Good commercial understanding of the solar IPP model including an understanding of project finance
  • Demonstrable hands-on experience deploying renewable energy solutions in rural areas
  • Interest and understanding of the telecom world