Solar Estimator

Organization Summary

The Solar Estimator is responsible for creating project bids, soliciting and reviewing project proposals, and determining the costs associated with various photovoltaic installations throughout the US.   

Why Work for Knobelsdorff

In the early 1980s, in a small garage on a plot of family-owned land, Knobelsdorff Enterprises began. At the beginning KE was a small operation, serving local agricultural and industrial facilities. Three decades of hard work, and a commitment to excellence has grown KE into four divisions. Teamwork, and dedication to our core values has expanded our operations nationwide and have grown to surpass 200 employees. We continue to grow, and drive success with the same steadfast dedication, and core values since the start. Join us today!

  • We offer our employees a career with plenty of room to grow. We offer customizable training programs, and educational stipends so employees can continue to develop.
  • Great benefits with a wide selection of options to choose from. Our benefit package includes a competitive compensation and benefits package, including paid health, dental, life, long-term disability, vacation, and a 401(k)-retirement plan with company match
  • We offer an unparalleled culture that allows employees a work/home balance that fits their lifestyle choices. We have paid vacation based on years of service, as well as unpaid vacation to meet your own work/life balance choices.
  • We have full time work booked years in advance to offer you sustainable employment.
  • For more about our culture visit our careers page at
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Primary Duties
  • Proactively review bid packages and lead or participate in developing high-quality pricing and proposal.
  • Develop or lead the development of comprehensive bid packages for submittal to the client.
  • Develop and manage RFP’s for various packages and solicit proposals from vendors, subcontractors, and suppliers.
  • Direct customer interface throughout the bidding process.
  • Work with internal and external team members to solicit pricing and provide a complete bid package with complete ownership through the entire bidding process.
  • Request pricing for bonds, sales tax, insurance, prevailing wage, and other pricing requirements as projects require.
  • Review historical project data and lessons learned with construction teams to further refine and increase the accuracy of the pricing model.
  • Development of complete and accurate photovoltaic and battery storage estimates ranging from 1MW to 50+MW projects.
  • Estimate self-perform labor and equipment production costs to be incorporated into the proposal.
  • Prepare, and present bid detailed contractual proposals for clarification to the client.
  • Understanding of solar project scope, schedule, and cost to build conforming bid.
  • Write, modify, and define detailed project scope to communicate to the customer what is included/excluded from the proposal.
  • Continually maintain a solar estimating database of pricing and assemblies
  • A desire for the continued growth of knowledge and understanding of the solar market.
  • Provide technical assistance such as interpretation of drawings, recommending construction methods, specify and order materials, tools and equipment.
  • Identify potential project risks and bring them forward for discussion, and mitigation strategies.
  • Provide detailed hand-off package and continued project support as needed to Preconstruction and Construction project teams.
  • Ability to work on tight deadlines under pressure.
  • Experience using computers for a variety of tasks.
  • Competency in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, and Sharepoint.
  • Manage project files, drawings, documents & records in our project system.
  • Exceptional verbal, written, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Willing to work occasional evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Willing to work on some out-of-town projects.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
  • The requirements listed in job descriptions are guidelines, not fixed rules. You do not have to satisfy every requirement or meet every qualification listed. If you feel you are an excellent candidate, we encourage you to apply!
  • Background in general estimating, solar, construction management, or project management.
  • 2-5 years of prior photovoltaic estimating experience, or a combination of education, estimating, and field experience.
  • Knowledge of photovoltaic and general construction.
  • Possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Ability to pass a pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check.

Physical Requirements

  • Must be able to sit, stand, kneel, stoop, walk, and sit for long periods of time
  • Must be capable of working in inclement conditions including extreme hot and cold temperatures.
  • Must be physically capable of manually digging & back-filling holes and trenches.
  • Must be physically capable of lifting and carrying up to 80 lbs.
  • Accessibility: If you need accommodations as part of the employment process, please contact Knobelsdorff Human Resources at 651-923-4970or via email at [email protected].
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