Reporting to the Sr. Director, Project Development, the Senior Manager, Project Development is responsible for the development of wind and solar projects across the U.S. as a key member of a high-performing team charged with the development and execution into construction of Clearway Energy Group’s 9 GW solar, wind and storage project pipeline. The position will work with the Origination, Engineering, Project Finance and Construction teams across the full project lifecycle from origination to commissioning and all associated activities required to bring projects to successful commercial operation.
Candidates should have significant prior professional renewable energy project development experience with ability and expertise across project siting, land and real estate, regulatory and environmental permitting, interconnection and transmission and power marketing. Candidates should also have experience with engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) engagement and have been through one or more successful project financing processes.
This position will be in our San Francisco, CA office.
Principle Responsibilities/Key Results Areas
Manage and execute the development of complex large-scale renewable energy projects from initial project proposal and siting, through to permitting, design, interconnection, approval, contracting, financing and handover to construction
Identify, propose and implement creative or alternative project development approaches that reduce exposure to permitting risks, optimize development schedules or drive additional project value
Direct and conduct due diligence on development-stage project and portfolio acquisitions, including comparison and prioritization of multiple opportunities based on common siting, permitting, interconnection, power-marketing and other project metrics
Manage and administer development services agreements with local / regional development partners; manage network of local project stakeholders (e.g., technical consultants, surveyors, land-persons etc.)
Collaborate with engineering team and external consultants to evaluate site layouts and constraints, technology options, schedule implications, interconnection applications and studies
Coordinate and provide input to project interconnection requests, load-flow and congestion studies, and other necessary aspects of securing project transmission
Lead or support the negotiation and diligence of critical project contracts and agreements including as PPAs, GIAs, Turbine Supply Agreements, and EPC contracts
Conduct critical review of project pro forma models
Lead projects through financing diligence efforts to support obtaining cash equity, tax equity and/or project debt commitments prior to start of construction, and at term-conversion
Market development-stage projects for new power purchase and offtake agreements, including submitting responses to Request for Proposals (RFPs) in coordination with origination team
Develop strong working relationships and open communication channels with in-house origination, engineering, construction, procurement, and project finance teams
Create and manage project budgets and schedules, including navigating internal project stage-gate reviews and investment decisions
Maintain industry relationships/contacts and current knowledge of market drivers and industry trends to facilitate proactive development posture and early-mover positioning as opportunities materialize
Knowledge & Skills
Knowledge of governmental mandates, environmental regulations or customer/market signals that impact or facilitate new development of renewable projects in major markets (CAISO, WECC, ERCOT, MISO, PJM, ISO-NE)
Experience and familiarity with all facets of land development: landowner engagement and negotiation/contracting, title resolution, subdivision, agricultural land use/water restrictions, land (ALTA) surveys, GIS and other real estate elements as required
Advanced proficiency in managing project schedules and project budgets, as well as understanding of key project value levers (commercial, financial, etc.)
Demonstrated acumen in motivating and managing cross-functional employee groups (i.e., project teams) and external stakeholders/agencies to execute on a project development strategy
Resourceful and strategic self-starter who can summarize complex issues, identify opportunities or next steps with limited guidance, and add value through creative input
Ability to operate with minimal direction, set priorities, and exercise independent judgment
Flexible and cooperative self-starter with proven ability to work collaboratively within multi-disciplinary teams
Strong interpersonal and communication skills with ability to maintain composure and diplomacy in all situations
Ability and willingness to travel as required (>25%)
Experience & Education
Bachelors’ degree in engineering, business, economics, finance, environmental science or related field is required. Advanced study in business, finance, law, environmental science or public policy highly preferred.
Minimum of 7 years of career experience in the renewable energy industry in the U.S., with demonstrated expertise in full life-cycle development of utility scale solar and/or wind projects – battery storage experience a plus.