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Project Development Manager - Southeast

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    Dependent on experience

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    Courtney Howard

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    281 712 6522

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  • Published:

    over 1 year ago

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Our client is currently seeking a Development Manager to lead Utility-Scale project development in the southeastern region.

The Southeast team focus on development of solar and solar + storage projects in core southeast utility markets including Southern company, TVA, and Duke Energy. 

Manage project development efforts and lead a team of subject matter experts from project inception, through contracting, and up to commencement of construction. 

This consist of project permitting, coordinating site studies and diligence, managing the interconnection process, managing project development budgets and schedule, contract management and ensuring projects successfully reach construction commencement.  


This position will be remote/hybrid, with strong preference for candidates located in the southeast region and you will report to the regional Development lead. 


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Manage all aspects of development of solar and energy storage projects from greenfield early-stage through late-stage

  • Taking over late-stage development projects and managing to complete hand off to construction 

  • Develop and manage project development schedules, budgets, and models

  • Support in management of key stakeholders for each project  

  • Identify and clearly articulate project risks, opportunities, and recommendation action(s) 

  • Lead project meetings, develop agendas and action items as needed with internal and external stakeholders 

  • Process contracts and agreements with external vendors for project-related services  

  • Manage contract obligations in key project documents (Site Control, PPA, etc.) 

  • Lead Project Discretionary Permitting including permit strategy, supervising permit efforts, working with local AHJs, consultants, and counsel 

  • Coordinate site diligence in conjunction with internal teams and consultants including critical issue screening, environmental studies, surveys, diligence reports, title review, property tax matters, community relations, etc. 

  • Presenting at permit hearings and public meetings as needed 

  • Develop, manage, solicit, and score RFP responses from external consultants to develop recommended consultant engagement for site development services 

  • Coordinate internal and external teams to advance engineering and design to meet project schedule and milestones 

  • Managing the Interconnection process with internal interconnection team 

  • Coordinate with construction management team as needed on securing ministerial permits 

  • Participate in project financings answering relevant diligence questions and providing required documents 

  • Participate in Project Handoffs once fully developed and permitted to construction management team 

  • Coordinate additional resources or outside consultants/contractors as well as managing contracts and agreements throughout project development. 

  • Manage project financial model, including all inputs and assumptions 

  • Apply internal project management software tracking and provide comments and feedback for tool improvement 


Skills and Qualifications: 

  • 4 – 6 years of project development experience in utility-scale solar energy or energy storage facilities or similar field. 

  • BA/BS degree required with concentration in business, finance, economics, engineering, environmental sciences and/or other quantitative/environmental fields  

  • Extensive knowledge of utility-scale, greenfield solar project development, energy storage facility development, utilities, interconnection, permitting, and contracting 

  • Extensive knowledge of renewable energy technologies 

  • Self-starter, very self-reliant and capable of operating with minimum supervision 

  • Willingness and ability to travel as needed  

  • Energy storage knowledge a plus 

  • Experience developing utility-scale solar projects in TVA, Southern Company and/or Duke Energy territories preferred.

  • Experience with financial modelling 

  • Experience applying CRM systems and developing metrics