Renewable Energy Policy Coordinator or Manager

Michelle Powell | April 16, 2024 | Jobs and Internships

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) seeks a full-time Renewable Energy Policy Coordinator or Manager to provide support and direction on renewable energy programs, proposals and policies across the Southeast.

About SACE

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy (SACE) is a regional, not-for-profit environmental advocacy organization that promotes responsible and equitable energy choices to ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. As a leading voice for energy policy in our region, SACE is focused on transforming the way we produce and consume energy in the Southeast. 

Job Responsibilities

The Renewable Energy Policy Coordinator or Manager will work with the Utility Reform team and other SACE program staff to develop and implement internal and external plans to accomplish program and organizational goals. This position will be a good fit for a data-driven self-starter interested in entering the clean energy advocacy space or someone transitioning from relevant advocacy work. Responsibilities include:

  • Support SACE’s involvement in regulatory proceedings related to distributed, community, commercial, and utility renewable energy and energy storage programs and policies. Examples could include helping to plan an intervention strategy on a net metering program, or responding to solar-related assumptions in a utility’s integrated resource plan (IRP)
  • Help SACE staff track proposed solar and storage projects across the Southeast
  • Coordinate with clean energy industry on issues specific to the Southeast, including building and maintaining relationships within solar and storage companies and clean energy associations that operate in the Southeast
  • Negotiate and Advocate for an effective evolution of retail net metering and other policies related to customer-site renewable energy and energy storage
  • Advance SACE solar data, policy positions, and expertise
  • Co-author annual solar report, and author or contribute to whitepapers as needed
  • Contribute to media and content, including blogging, related to renewable energy projects, programs, proposals, and policies across the Southeast


  • Some experience or knowledge of renewable energy systems or policy, storage systems or policy, energy efficiency, distributed energy resources, and/or electricity systems or policy
  • Located within the Southeast


  • Preference for 2+ years of direct energy regulatory experience or direct experience developing or installing renewable energy or energy storage projects
  • Degree in energy policy, electrical engineering, or related subject area and/or training in siting, design, and installation of solar or storage projects
  • Preference for someone located in Atlanta, GA, or Knoxville, TN


The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy recognizes that its continued success requires a staff of hardworking, intelligent people from diverse backgrounds. SACE is an equal opportunity employer and considers candidates for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, religion, age, gender, disability, veteran, marital status, or sexual orientation. We encourage applications from women and persons of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. 


SACE offers a full benefits package including health insurance, 401k matching, paid vacation, parental leave, flex time, paid sick leave, sabbatical, and generous holiday time off.

Salary range: Salary is dependent on experience and whether we fill the role as a Coordinator or Manager. The target range for this position is $50-65,000.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should email a resume and cover letter describing your qualifications to [email protected] with the subject line “Renewable Energy Policy Coordinator or Manager.” References will be required of candidates during the interview process, and a background check may be performed. Due to the high volume of inquiries we receive, we are unable to personally respond to all applicants. Please be assured that every application is reviewed and considered by our HR Director as well as a senior member of our staff.

Michelle Powell
Michelle joined the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy in 2015 and currently serves as the Director of Personnel. Most of her professional career has been in the nonprofit sector. Her…
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