VP of Project Development

Our client is renewable energy focused project development company, supported by its parent company. As part of an internal focus on ESG, and a desire to shift to alternative energy sources, the company was initially formed to leverage existing relationships formed at the Midstream level, and capitalize on several immediately actionable opportunities in the renewable energy sector. After achieving early success, our client is now seeking to expand its renewable energy development business by building a top tier team to prospect, diligence and develop renewable energy projects in the western US.

The Director of Project Development will be responsible for leading activities related to the development of renewable energy projects in the western region. Work will include prospecting for renewable energy projects including wind, solar, and energy storage sites. Performing due diligence to support M&A, negotiating land agreements, acquiring local, state and federal permits and approvals, completing local and state tax agreements, real estate surveys and title work, and performing other development work to support project financing. The position requires working extensively with subject matter experts to support origination, legal, interconnection, wind resources, environmental and permitting, construction planning, government affairs, engineering, and finance activities throughout the development lifecycle. This position reports to the CEO.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work with senior management to achieve the market plan by evaluating project pipeline, assessing project viability / economics, and providing guidance to internal and external members of the development team.
  • Coordinate with environmental / permitting teams for permitting requirements such as wildlife and impact studies. Manage outside consultants’ budgets and scope, work with local and state permitting agencies to ensure compliance with permitting requirements.
  • Meet with landowners, and community stakeholders to establish a positive, long-term relationship with host communities.
  • Work with renewable energy resource teams to install data gathering equipment and perform a thorough site assessment for renewable energy projects. This includes collection of wind and solar data, project layouts, geographical analysis, and turbine design recommendations.
  • Assist origination team with analyzing off-take, developing revenue plans and submissions to corporate, utilities and municipal requests for proposals.
  • Work with the financial and commercial team to create and manage the financial project model.
  • Lead and assist in any sales origination, negotiation, and execution of the PPA.
  • Partner with the engineering and construction teams to assist in project scoping, budgeting, and management
  • Ensure project milestones are met through the development process. This includes compiling and organizing data for presentation to the investment committee to assess development risk versus spending at various stages of the project’s life.
  • Continue to build the project pipeline and manage multiple projects

KnowledgeQualifications, and Experience

  • Minimum of 10 years managing multiple renewable development projects including planning, environmental, legal, finance or engineering capacity.
  • College degree required.
  • Possess subject matter expertise in a business function related to the development process.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong negotiation and presentation skills.
  • Ability to create forms, letters and fundamental spreadsheets using MS Word and Excel. Ability to create presentations in PowerPoint. Ability to perform internet-based research.
  • Self-motivated with ability to work in a team and independently.
  • Safe driving record, valid driver’s license.
  • Must be able to walk over undeveloped land unassisted, travel unassisted and sit at a computer for long periods of time
  • Must be able to work evenings and weekends to attend meetings and community events. 30-50% travel in region will be required in support of the position responsibilities.
  • A focus on creating value
  • Ability to collaborate and create support for development projects both inside and outside the company
  • Comfortable with fast paced, rapidly changing environment
  • Ability to make informed decisions quickly and a bias for action
  • Passionate and enthusiastic about alternative energy
  • Self-starter with desire to succeed
  • Integrity and accountability
Job Category: Business Development
Job Location: Remote

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