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Who We Are Delivering high-value
Smart Streetlight Network
Solutions worldwide

As a leading global technology provider, Petra delivers remotely managed networks for Smart City infrastructure, leveraging core expertise in power electronics, controls, and communications. With over 250,000 installed systems, Petra combines technology innovation and competitive financing to help municipalities, utilities, and transportation authorities transform streetlights into valuable assets.

Petra in the News
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Petra Selected for the Caribbean’s largest Smart Streetlight Retrofit

The U.S. Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) has selected Petra Systems to finance, construct and commission a turnkey project to replace of all high pressure sodium street lights with new energy efficient LED lights and controls on the Authority’s electrical distribution grid.

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Jamaica selects Petra Systems for Smart LED Streetlight Project

Petra Systems is helping Kingston, Jamaica becoming the first Smart CIty in all the Caribbean. Targeting 110,000 streetlights across the community, JPS has selected Petra as a prefered technology vendor.

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Smart City innovation

Success speaks for itself. The stories below illustrate how Petra Systems is a leading innovator in Smart City applications around the globe.

Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting (LABSL) Location Los Angeles, CA, USA The Story Over the last 18 months, Petra has completed feasibility studies, project design and engineering and commissioning services for 900 smart mesh network nodes. The project includes Petra’s Smart Solar Power Generators, IntelliView Asset Management and NOC O&M Services.
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Location New Jersey, USA The Story Petra Systems completed the feasibility studies, project design and engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning services for 180,000 smart mesh network nodes providing 40MW of distributed solar. The project includes Petra’s Smart Solar Power Generators, IntelliView Asset Management and NOC O&M Services.
Green Mountain Power Smart Cities Solution Location Rutland, Vermont, USA The Story Petra Systems completed feasibility studies, project design and engineering and commissioning services for 200 smart mesh network nodes. The project includes Petra’s Smart Solar Power Genera- tors, Smart Lighting Solution, IntelliView Asset Management and NOC O&M Services.
Virgin Island Water and Power Authority (WAPA) Location Virgin Islands, USA The Story Installation and replacement of 15,722 HPS streetlights with energy efficient LED streetlights and Petra Systems Smart Lighting Controllers along with approximately 12,000 units (4MW) of Distribut- ed Solar on Poles. Petra has completed two pilots on the islands and the feasibility studies, project design and engineering for the main project.
Let Jordan Shine Project Location Tafilah and Ma’an, Jordan The Story In partnership with the Jordanian Royal Court, Petra Systems completed the feasibility studies, project design and engineering, procurement, installation and commissioning services for 3,200 smart mesh network nodes providing approximately 1 MW of distributed solar. The project includes Petra’s Smart Solar Power Generators, IntelliView Asset Management and NOC O&M Services.
Let Bahrain Shine Project Location Awali Township and BAPCO refinery, Bahrain The Story 5MW of Distributed PV Solar turnkey project including feasibility studies, project design and engineer- ing, procurement, installation and commissioning services for 22,500 smart mesh network nodes providing 5MW of distributed solar. The project includes Petra’s Smart Solar Power Generators, Intelli- View Asset Management and NOC O&M Services.

Our Leadership

Smart technology demands even smarter leadership. Our executive team represents some of the great minds in business and technology.

Steve Rhoades Steve Rhoades Chief Executive Officer
Marcelo Figueira Marcelo Figueira Chief Operating Officer,
Executive Vice President
Dr. Juan José González Dr. Juan José González Chief Technology Officer,
Executive Vice President of R&D and Product Management
Michael D. Levi Michael D. Levi Vice President of Marketing and Business Development
Michael Feeley Michael Feeley Vice President of
Caribbean Sales
Anthony Pawelec Anthony Pawelec Vice President of Finance,
Corporate Controller and Treasurer

Join our team

Become an integral part of our story. Petra is always looking for smart, creative problem solvers who are passionate about using technology for good work.

Five Reasons to Join Us

You possess a combination of strong technical knowledge and business acumen.

You are passionate about smart energy-efficient solutions and developing the technologies that enable the next generation of intelligent, highly efficient cities and businesses.

You are looking to be a part of a proven technology innovator in a rapidly growing market

You thrive in a start-up environment that will both challenge and reward you.

You are passionate about your work.

Current Job Openings
Director Product Management, Smart City Solutions Boulder, CO
Director Product Management, Small Cell Solutions Boulder, CO
Electronics Engineering Technician Boulder, CO
Software Engineer - Java Boulder, CO
Test Engineer Boulder, CO
Technical Writer (Part-Time/Contract) Boulder, CO

Please submit your resume with a cover letter to careers@petrasystems.com

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Steve Rhoades
Steve Rhoades CEO

Steve Rhoades is the CEO of Petra Systems, a leading global technology provider for the renewable energy, energy efficiency, and distributed power generation markets.

Prior to joining Petra, Mr. Rhoades was CEO of Satcon Technology. From 2008 through 2011, Mr. Rhoades led Satcon's strategy to focus on the utility-scale solar market. During this period, he divest- ed three non-core divisions, raised more than $95M in debt and equity capital, grew annual revenue from $24M in 2008 to $188M in 2011, and led the company to #1 market share in North America and #2 global market share for commercial and utility-scale photovoltaic inverters.

Prior to Satcon, Mr. Rhoades was COO of Advanced Energy, where he led a significant turnaround of operations. Prior to AE, Mr. Rhoades held executive roles in corporate development, general manage- ment, marketing, engineering and operations at several leading semiconductor and semiconductor equipment companies, including Lam Research, Trikon, Applied Materials, Rockwell International and Hughes Aircraft.

Mr. Rhoades' education includes a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Illinois.

Marcelo Figueira
Marcelo Figueira Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President

Marcelo Figueira serves as EVP/COO of Petra Systems. In this position, Mr. Figueira is responsible for the overall operation of the company including manufacturing, supply chain, project management, customer programs, IT and HR.

Prior to joining Petra Systems, Mr. Figueira served as the CEO of Greenstar Managed Services LLC. Prior to Greenstar Managed Services, Mr. Figueira was the Interim CEO and COO at Stirling Energy Systems, Inc., COO of Tessera Solar North America, Inc., and was responsible for leading the Engineering, Construction, Operation and Asset Management, Vice President, Asset Management of PetraSolar Inc., the Executive Vice President of Asset Management for Econergy PLC and General Manager Joint Venture Operations for PSEG Global, the unregulated business unit of PSEG, New Jersey.

During his 25-year career, he has earned vast experience in the power industry, ranging from Electrical Engineering to Executive and Board positions at power companies around the globe. At PSEG Global, he spent 10 years as CEO of PSEG in Argentina and General Manager of Global Investments in South America, India and Italy.

Mr. Figueira holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rosario University in Argentina and an MBA from Texas A&M University.

Dr. Juan José González
Dr. Juan José González Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice President of R&D and Product Management

Dr. Juan José González is Chief Technology Officer and Executive Vice President of R&D and Product Management at Petra Systems and is responsible for designing and delivering Petra Systems core technologies.

Prior to joining Petra Systems, Dr. González served as the Vice President of Engineering at Satcon Technology Corp. Prior to Satcon, Dr. González was the Director of Project Management for Hach Company, a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation. Dr. González also served at Advanced Energy Inc., where he was promoted into several positions of increasing responsibility including Engineering Business Director and Director of Worldwide Applications and Technology.

Dr. González holds a MSc. degree in Electrical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from Colorado State University. Dr. González also received an MBA degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Michael D. Levi
Michael D. Levi Vice President of Marketing and Business Development

Michael Levi is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Petra Systems and has over 18 years experience launching advanced technologies and companies across the Renewable Energy, Smart City, Water Generation, EV, and Supply Chain Management industries.

Prior to joining Petra Systems, Mr. Levi founded L1CG, a consultancy specializing in marketing, sales and business development strategy and execution services. Prior to L1CG, Mr. Levi was the Vice President of Product Management, Applications Engineering and Worldwide Marketing for Satcon Technology Corporation. Prior to Satcon, Mr. Levi was the Director of Solution Strategy at i2 Technologies, a Global Supply Chain Software and Services Solutions Provider.

Mr. Levi received his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Pepperdine University and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in History and Anthropology from Lake Forest College.

Michael Feeley
Michael Feeley Vice President of Caribbean Sales

Michael Feeley is the Vice President of Caribbean Sales for Petra Systems and has over 29 years experience across next generation technology companies both in the regulated and deregulated market space.

Prior to joining Petra Systems, Mr. Feeley was the Sr. Director of Utility Sales for Satcon Technology Corporation, growing that segment of the business to over $53 million in annual revenue. Prior to Satcon, Mr. Feeley was the Sr. Director of Utility Sales at EnerNOC, a leading demand side management company, where he managed the commercial development of utility specific demand response programs and services. Prior to EnerNOC, Mr. Feeley has held management positions with Usource, TXU Energy, Green Mountain Energy, Green Mountain Power, and Florida Power Corporation.

Mr. Feeley received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics from the University of South Florida.

Anthony Pawelec
Anthony Pawelec Vice President of Finance, Corporate Controller and Treasurer

Anthony Pawelec serves as Petra Systems Vice President of Finance, Treasurer and Corporate Controller. Mr. Pawelec is an experienced financial executive with more than 25 years of experience across various roles and industries, including technology, renewables and financial services. As Vice President of Finance at Petra, Mr. Pawelec is responsible for maintaining the financial infrastructure and policies of the company including, treasury, accounting, reporting, financial planning and tax.

Prior to joining Petra, Mr. Pawelec served as Corporate Controller of Piqqual, a fabless semiconductor company specializing in RF tuners. Prior to Piqqual, Mr. Pawelec served as Division Controller of the Broadband Access business unit of Conexant Systems, a fabless semiconductor company, where his group specialized in designing DSL and wireless communication solutions. Prior to Conexant, Mr. Pawelec held various financial roles at multiple companies in technology and financial services.

Mr. Pawelec holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Montclair State University and an MBA in Finance from the New York University Stern School of Business.

Director Product Management Boulder, CO POSITION SUMMARY:

This position is responsible for the product planning and execution of Smart City Solutions throughout the product lifecycle, including gathering, analyzing and prioritizing product and customer requirements, participating in the definition of the product vision and roadmap, and working closely with engineering, sales, marketing, operations, and support organizations to ensure revenue and deliverable goals are met. The Product Manager is also responsible for ensuring that the products and services offerings support the company’s overall strategy and goals. The duties may be carried out personally or through subordinate employees.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

No direct reports but manages a small team of Product Manager and Field Engineers (1-2) with potential future expansion. Recommends the hiring and selection of new staff members. Requires the ability to influence and drive other organizations to meet business commitments. Responsible for the training and development of subordinate employees. Conducts annual performance appraisals and provides feedback, coaching and direction to subordinates. Administers salaries, merit increases, and career management within company guidelines and budgets. Assures the adherence to company policies within the organization.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:

This position requires a Masters in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent discipline), and an MBA, plus a minimum of three (3) years as a product manager with five (5) years of experience in any of the following areas: Smart grid, LED lighting, Solar, AMI, or Municipal broadband product development or closely related technologies where there was the requirement to work closely with utilities or municipalities. The successful candidate must also have technical capabilities to understand the technology including its fine details and has experience in market research and product business plan creation. A strong understanding of renewable market dynamics and requirements is highly desirable. The successful individual in this position must have a solid knowledge of new product development and the product development process.

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

The individual in this position must be fluent in writing, speaking, an understanding English. Requires the ability to effectively communicate product concepts and attributes to customers, and product development and sales employees.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

This position requires a high level of competency in mathematical disciplines, statistical analysis, and financial management of complex issues and problems where there are many variables and conditions as well as incomplete information.

REASONING ABILITY:

The successful candidate for this position must have highly developed analytical and problem-solving skills in order to evaluate and assess complex scenarios and product attributes in order to meet market and customer expectations. Consistently works with abstract ideas or situations across many functional areas of the business. Through assessment of intangible variables, identifies and evaluates fundamental issues, providing direction for the product development function.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Due to the global nature of the organization, this position requires a flexible work schedule due to the multiple time-zones and physical locations of customers and subject-matter experts. This position requires expended periods of walking, standing, and bending. This position requires the ability to make presentations to customers, product development and sales employees, and external organizations. This position requires the ability to travel internationally which includes extended periods of time in air travel.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This position involves working in a standard office environment.

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Director Product Management Boulder, CO POSITION SUMMARY

As the Director of Product Management, you will guide the vision for Petra’s Small Cell Solutions and drive its commercial success, from initial conceptualization to successful delivery and market adoption. As one of the key leaders on a small, focused team, you will shape the future for Petra based on your industry experience and your contact with customers and prospects. You must possess a unique blend of big picture vision, technical savvy, and industry experience.  You must enjoy spending time understanding customer problems, and translating them into innovative requirements and features for the broader market. You will work side by side with engineering defining product requirements and deploying them to the field.  You will be responsible for product positioning by defining the product strategy and the key benefits. You will also serve as the internal and external evangelist for Petra’s solutions, collaborating with sales and key customers.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Your responsibilities include

QUALIFICATIONS

You might be a good fit if you have

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Petra Systems is a leader in the IIoT industry providing innovative Smart City solutions to communities around the world. We combine green and renewable energy technology with wireless mesh networks and a cloud software platform to reinvent the way cities provide services to their communities.

Petra Systems is a well-funded high tech start-up focused on creating the cities of tomorrow. We are the world leader in distributed Solar Power Generation and provide complete end-to-end solutions including hardware, software and services to municipalities around the globe.

We are looking for highly motivated people who have a passion for creating advanced technologies that address the challenges of municipalities and businesses to become more efficient, secure and resilient.

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Electronics Engineering Technician Boulder, CO POSITION SUMMARY:

This position is responsible for supporting the design, implementation, test, and troubleshooting of variety of electronic systems, subassemblies, and parts in the various stages of product development (from initial design verification to volume manufacturing test acceptance).

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

include the following:

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

No direct reports.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:

This position requires a candidate to have:

LANGUAGE SKILLS:

The individual in this position must be fluent in writing, speaking, and understanding English to read, analyze, and interpret common engineering specifications and documents.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS:

Must have the mathematical skills to understand how electronic circuits and systems work, and also to interpret the results from experiments involving large number of samples.

REASONING ABILITY:

The successful candidate for this position must be skilled in analytical and problem-solving thinking in order to evaluate and assess complex technical information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

SAFETY:

The candidate must have a thorough understanding of safety measures and best practices in a laboratory environment. He/she must be willing to work with systems operating at hazardous voltages.

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Software Engineer - Java Boulder, CO POSITION SUMMARY

We are forming a team to create a new SaaS cloud platform for Internet of Things (IoT) analytics, reporting and management. This position will be a key contributor in designing and developing high-quality, scalable cloud infrastructure, and applications that will be an integral part of the Petra Systems Smart City Solution.

The individual in this role will be responsible for designing and implementing the new platform, optimizing performance, debugging issues, and developing documentation.

Any candidate for this position must love coding and have a proven track record of bringing products all the way from conception to release including development, debugging, testing, and documentation. The candidate must have experience with n-tier architectures, real-time analytics and large scale database applications.

QUALIFICATIONS

The candidate must have the following technical skills

The ideal candidate would have some experience with any of the following

This position requires the following experience

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Petra Systems is a leader in the IoT industry providing innovative Smart City solutions to communities around the world. We combine green and renewable energy technology with wireless mesh networks and a cloud software platform to reinvent the way cities provide services to their communities.

Petra Systems is a well-funded high tech start-up focused on creating the cities of tomorrow. We are the world leader in distributed Solar Power Generation and provide complete end-to-end solutions including hardware, software and services to municipalities around the globe.

We are looking for highly motivated people who have a passion for creating advanced technologies that address the challenges of municipalities and businesses to become more efficient, secure and resilient.

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Test Engineer Boulder, CO POSITION SUMMARY

This position is responsible for defining and conducting a variety of electronic, mechanical, and electro-mechanical tests of electrical systems, subassemblies, and parts in the various stages of product development (from initial design verification to volume manufacturing test acceptance) to ensure that units function according to specifications or to determine the cause of unit failure.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

include the following:

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

No direct reports.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:

This position requires a candidate to have:

LANGUAGE SKILLS

The individual in this position must be fluent in writing, speaking, and understanding English to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical specifications and documents.

MATHEMATICAL SKILLS

Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as exponents, logarithms, quadratic equations, and permutations. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to apply mathematical operations to tasks such as frequency distribution, determining test reliability and validity, analysis of variance, correlation techniques, sampling theory, and factor analysis.

REASONING ABILITY

The successful candidate for this position must be skilled in analytical and problem-solving thinking in order to evaluate and assess complex technical information, and have the ability to describe and write about technical test information.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

SAFETY

The candidate must have a thorough understanding of safety measures and best practices in a laboratory environment. He/she must be willing to work with systems operating at hazardous voltages.

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Technical Writer (Part-Time/Contract) Boulder, CO POSITION SUMMARY

We have recently formed a team to develop a new Internet of Things (IoT) platform. We need someone who can communicate complex technical information, clearly, concisely and accurately so our customers can get the most value out of our products.

In this role, you will develop documentation as part of a cross-functional team including hardware, software and cloud infrastructure for Petra Systems Smart City Solution. The documentation will include product manuals, installation guides, troubleshooting guides and various training materials.

RESPONSIBILITIES

In this role you be responsible for the following

QUALIFICATIONS

The candidate must have the following skills and experience

COMPANY OVERVIEW

Petra Systems is a leader in the IoT industry providing innovative Smart City solutions to communities around the world. We combine green and renewable energy technology with wireless mesh networks and a cloud software platform to reinvent the way cities provide services to their communities.

Petra Systems is a well-funded high tech start-up focused on creating the cities of tomorrow. We are the world leader in distributed Solar Power Generation and provide complete end-to-end solutions including hardware, software and services to municipalities around the globe.

We are looking for highly motivated people who have a passion for creating advanced technologies that address the challenges of municipalities and businesses to become more efficient, secure and resilient.

Apply Now