About Us

WELCOME! SunCommon is a Benefit Corporation that is fueled by the belief that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and safer world.  So we’re tearing down the barriers that have made renewable energy inaccessible with the goal of repowering our communities one home, school, and business at a time.  To this end, we make going solar easy and affordable so that everyone can take part in creating a healthier environment. 


SunCommon is a marriage of two innovative, renewable energy companies - based in Rochester, NY and Waterbury, VT. In January 2017, the companies joined forces to become a regional solar powerhouse that boasts Vermont’s largest residential solar business (with more than 3000 Vermonters served!), a thriving commercial solar construction business, and significant market share in the fast-growing Rochester solar market that is home to more than 1 million people.

We utilize an innovative community organizing approach to marketing, via high-touch, personal interactions with home and business owners who want solar but couldn’t figure it out or didn’t think they could afford it.  We’ve done all the legwork to put together a total package that’s easy for the customer.   We picked the best equipment manufacturers, lined up the finest installers and arranged attractive financing that saves our customers real money.


SunCommon provides our employees a competitive salary and full time employees a strong package of benefits, including:

  • For the employee and their family, fully paid medical premiums as well as a significant contribution toward medical deductible expenses,
  • For the employee and their family, fully paid dental premiums,
  • 3 weeks paid personal leave (combined vacation and sick) for year 1; 4 weeks for year 2,
  • 10 paid holidays annually,
  • 401k company match 1:1 up to 3% of salary that the employee sets aside then 1:2 match for 4 or 5%.
  • Student loan pay down program
  • Short and long term disability 
  • 25K Life insurance with buy-up option

We feel huge responsibility to succeed, to honor our triple bottom line commitments to people (our employees and their families, our Customers and residents of the communities where we do business), planet (Vermont’s beloved environment and the broader globe, given climate change) and profit (providing capital to grow, revenue to share among our employees, and a reasonable return to our investors). This is important work, and we have fun doing it.  Innovation is fun stuff.

We do it by celebrating creativity, cross-function collaboration, high energy, hard work, good play, deep networking and with the acknowledgement that we’ll each make mistakes and learn from them.  We know success.  We know fun.  Come do both with us. 


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Associate Designer

Location: Waterbury Office | Waterbury, VT | Design and Engineering-Res
Job Status: Full-Time

Job Description

Our Associate Solar Designers understand that quality and speed should work in harmony. This position holds a key position between the sales and operations team and ensures the customer’s goals are met and expectations set with a practical and safe system that will perform beautifully for decades. This position reviews the customer’s electricity need, the solar resource and all the parameters of their site to create a detailed plan for them to go solar – including electrical drawings and equipment list.   As a central member of the Residential Team, this position will be expected to always look for ways to streamline the entire process, not just the design function. 

This position is responsible for delivering top quality residential solar system designs that our installers will rely on as well as helping our customers visualize their future system.  Previous experience in solar design is desired but not required and women encouraged to apply.  We have a robust training program and internal mentoring program for new staff.

This is a full-time, temporary position. We expect that this position will be in place until May 1st 2018.


The Associate Solar Designer will: 

  • Apply solar design principals, National Electric Code requirements, structural load analysis, production analysis, and financial analysis on a daily bases,
  • With drafting software, create 3D and 2D models and plans,
  • Have to be comfortable in a fast-paced office environment mostly working on a computer,
  • Have high-volume use of CRM database and will need to maintain records to a high degree of accuracy,
  • Collaborate with colleagues, customers, and 3rd parties to deliver designs that customers want to purchase,
  • Desire to improve personal and company performance through eager absorption of constructive criticism,
  • Contribute joy and a good work ethic to support the wellbeing of our community



The ideal candidate for this position will have:

  • Commitment to SunCommon’s purpose and vision.
  • A four-year college degree or related Solar or engineering experience,
  • Strong team player with superior oral and written communication skills, and solid relationship building skills. 
  • Computer proficiency including mastery of Microsoft Office suite, Sketchup (or other CAD program), CRM software (e.g. Salesforce), and file management.
  • Basic knowledge and training of electrical and structural engineer concepts needed. Greater experience and proficiency is highly desired.