Director of Solar Development (Utility Scale)

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    Washington, D.C.

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    Folasade Lawal

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Senior Director of Development – Utility Scale Solar.  This person will be responsible to lead and manage early- to late-stage project development efforts. She/he will oversee the execution of defined project pipeline initiatives and work collaboratively with construction. engineering, finance and asset management teams. This position is expected to be a source of expertise and provide strategic and tactical guidance for near and long-term project development initiatives.

The client has financed or developed over $2 billion of solar energy assets to date. As a leading renewable energy developer, financier, trader and operator, empowers entrepreneurs to have a meaningful impact on the world with a focus on catalyzing the development and operation of sustainable infrastructure.

The Senior Director of Development – Utility Scale Solar will be responsible to:

  • Manage early-, mid- and late-stage projects (all activities required to bring a project to NTP and financial close/sale, including securing sites, perfecting real estate, environmental and local permitting and related site studies, negotiating tax abatements, community engagement, and evaluating and coordinating interconnection activities)
  • Manage third-party and internal project development teams to achieve the development activities above.
  • Collaborate with the technical, engineering, finance and asset management teams with respect to the development activities above.
  • Collaborate across these teams to evaluate project development risks and project valuation assumptions.
  • Create and oversee greenfield development strategy within Areas of Interest (AOIs) based on market size and project availability, interconnection, permitting, project pricing, irradiance, and basis. 
  • Coordinate with local land agents to secure site control for greenfielding opportunities.
  • Identify and structure joint development agreements, development services agreements, and pipeline agreements to support pipeline strategy.
  • Maintain CMR toolset to review strategy and report out on activity associated with development efforts.
  • Build and enhance processes, work-flow procedures, risk review processes with approved risk tolerance metrics for utility scale projects in varying stages of development

A successful candidate will possess the following skills and attributes:

  • Team oriented with a positive disposition.
  • Multiple years of hands-on utility-scale solar project development experience, through the entire development lifecycle of a project (securing sites, perfecting real estate, environmental and local permitting, negotiating tax abatements, and completing all site studies and evaluating and coordinating interconnection activities)
  • Proven track record managing such development projects and teams, including managing a team of in-house and third-party SMEs
  • Experience managing direct reports.
  • Proven track record of greenfielding projects, including identifying and screening Areas of Interest and land option/lease/purchase negotiations.
  • A strong network of third-party development experts (including real estate, permitting, environmental and interconnection experts).
  • Deep knowledge of development studies, real estate activities, environmental and local permitting, and interconnection and how they drive development
  • Results oriented self-starter with strong desire to grow and succeed.
  • Four-year college degree.
  • GIS experience a plus.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to summarize complex issues and convey information to enable efficient decision making.
  • Comfort working in a high growth environment and can effectively collaborate with multiple disciplines.
  • Willing to travel as needed to support development activities.
Role is full-time hybrid in Washington, D.C.