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Kohler Co. Principal Engineer, Renewable Energy in KOHLER, Wisconsin

Principal Engineer, Renewable Energy

Work Mode: Remote

Location: Kohler, WI


This is more than a job posting for the Kohler Co., one of the oldest and largest privately held companies in North America; this is an invitation to become an essential contributor to the Facilities Engineering Team in an environment that promotes a spirit of collaboration.

As a Principal Engineer this is your chance to have a tangible impact at the Kohler Co. Members of the Corporate Headquarters based Electrical Engineering team support the company’s transformation and growth by helping to develop energy strategy and providing feasibility assessments, design oversight, and management/coordination of renewable energy projects and initiatives. This includes, but isn’t limited to, construction of solar PV systems (onsite and offsite), negotiation of PPAs/VPPAs, and post-installation analysis of project efficacy. Sourcing and securing energy incentives and rebates is a shared responsibility of this role.

These functions are on a global scale and international travel could be required, up to 25%. Remote work is authorized, however on-site presence is expected as dictated by project requirements.


  • Support the strategic plan for 100% renewable electricity by 2035. Develop a renewable electricity project pipeline/roadmap and track progress on execution. Track performance of existing renewable electricity installations toward realizing our 2035 goals and advise course-corrections as necessary. Provide routine (monthly/quarterly) updates to senior management.

  • Lead and teach best practices and actively seek new business engagement opportunities. Proactively seek opportunities.

  • Partner with internal design teams and business stakeholders to perform assessments of existing systems (electrical/lighting, natural gas, steam, HVAC, boilers, etc.) to optimize energy efficiency, lower operating costs, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Identify opportunities, develop, and lead energy reduction projects and initiatives.

  • Perform feasibility assessments and develop business cases for the deployment of renewable energy, CHP, and microgrid systems. This includes sourcing energy credits/rebates and other incentives.

  • Assemble or review project packages and manage projects of varying complexity. This includes defining the scope of work, coordinating the development of plans, performing value-engineering assessments, developing the business case, managing the bid package development/bidding process, budget tracking, construction management/project oversight, coordination of easements, local government approvals, and lease payments.

  • Develop understanding of local, regional, national, and international energy codes.

  • Provide technical support/guidance, system training, and sustainability awareness training to internal teams.

  • Engage energy consultants, partners, and qualified suppliers to assess feasibility of Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) and to help develop strategy for utilization.


  • A BS Degree in Electrical or Energy Engineering, or related field, from an ABET accredited institution is required, along with 8 or more years of relevant work experience is required.

  • Experience working with building system designers, engineers, and construction teams. Familiarity reviewing plans for building construction and making recommendations regarding energy performance (i.e., conservation, appropriate use of technology) to ensure efficient operation.

  • Well-developed computer skills: Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Project, etc.), Adobe, Bluebeam, etc. and excellent communication skills, both verbal and written.

  • Experience applying engineering theories, standards, concepts, resources, and techniques to microgrids, renewable energy systems, energy storage systems, and cogeneration systems.

  • Experience with design and evaluation of renewable energy power generation, battery energy storage systems, and integration with distributed generation systems.

  • Experience with microgrids for delivering energy resilience with considerations for capital cost, maintainability, and target performance preferred.

  • Demonstrated experience successfully communicating complex technical concepts to a non-technical audience.

  • Ability to climb ladders and occasionally work at heights. Occasional light lifting and hand tool use.

  • CEM or other relevant certifications and knowledge of relevant codes and industry standards highly desired.

  • PMP certification a plus.


Applicants must be authorized to work in the US without requiring sponsorship now or in the future.

Why Work at Kohler Co.?

Kohler Co.'s mission is to contribute to a higher level of gracious living for those who are touched by our products and services. We understand that it takes investment in our associates’ development to make that happen. So, we offer ongoing investment in each individual’s personal development and the opportunity to collaborate with others across functions and roles at Kohler.

In addition to the investment in your development, Kohler offers a benefits package including a competitive salary, health, vision, dental, 401(k) with company matching, and more!

About Us

Beyond the competitive benefits and compensation, Kohler proudly offers a rich history, steeped in creativity and a commitment to our associates and communities. We invite you to learn more about our culture and company at www.kohlercompany.com .

It is Kohler’s policy to recruit, hire, and promote qualified personnel in all job classifications without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, national origin, disability or status as a protected veteran. If, as an individual with a disability, you need reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please contact kohlerjobs@kohler.com . Kohler Co. is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

We invite you to learn more about equal employment opportunity by reviewing the FederalEEO is the Law (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) and theEEO is the Law Supplement (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .