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Director Of Development - Solar & Storage

Director Of Development - Solar & Storage

  • Location

    Virginia

  • Sector:

    Renewable Energy & Infrastructure

  • Job type:

    Permanent

  • Contact:

    Harry Davies

  • Contact email:

    harry.davies@greenrecruitmentcompany.com

  • Published:

    7 months ago

  • Expiry date:

    2021-07-27

  • Startdate:

    ASAP

  • Consultant:

    Harry Davies

The Opportunity

TGRC have been retained by a well known solar and storage developer, owner and operator with a multi GW portfolio under operation and with a further 4GW in the pipeline.

The Development Manager / Director position will be responsible for building a pipeline of shovel ready solar and energy storage projects in PJM, with an initial focus on Virginia. This position will also be responsible for managing the real estate, permitting and interconnection aspects of multiple utility scale photovoltaic (PV) solar and energy storage projects.

The Role

Development: Land and Real Estate: Manage all matters related to real estate from initial site control to issuance of the final title policy. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Obtain initial title commitments, perform all require title curative to achieve the proforma policy in a form acceptable to the financier;
  • Manage title closing and issuance of the closing letter and final title policy with required endorsements;
  • Manage all changes to the ALTA survey to provide a survey acceptable to the financier and the title company;
  • Review and manage all lease agreements as well as any required amendments acceptable to the financing parties, including recoding the memorandums;
  • Manage real estate land purchases and any sale lease backs;
  • Obtain any needed easements in a form acceptable for financial close;
  • Perform any subdivisions and or lot line adjustments needed for land acquisitions;
  • Obtain any required crossing agreements such as, driveway, pipeline, transmission and distribution line, canal, DOT, communications, sewer and water, etc.;
  • Manage key landowner relationships.

Permitting: Acquire all permits needed to construct and operate utility scale solar and energy storage projects. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Obtain all local land use approvals from the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), such as Conditional Use Permits, Zoning Authorizations, Zoning Letters, etc.;
  • Obtain required State siting and or facilities permits, such as Certificates of Public Necessity (CPCN), Electric Merchant Permits (EMP), Electrical Siting Permits, etc.;
  • Hearing preparation and lead face for the project at all Local and State land use hearings;
  • Receive all environmental clearances from Local, State, and Federal agencies as applicable, such as CEQA, NEPA, SEQR, etc.;
  • Perform historic and cultural resource studies and obtain clearance from the State SHPO as required;
  • Manage filings with the Federal Aviation Authority and any other effected airports;
  • Evaluate and obtain any required threatened and endangered species initial screening, protocol surveys, and any required State or Federal take authorizations or permits. This includes consultations per Section 7 of the ESA, Section 10a Take Permits, or any State Take Authorization;
  • Manage wetland surveys, filing of Preliminary and/or Approved Wetland Jurisdictional Determinations (PJD/AJD), and applying for and receiving approval of Preconstruction Notices (PCN) for issuance of the required Nationwide Wetland Permits.

Interconnection: Manage interconnection applications through the process until commercial operation. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Working knowledge of the ISO/RTO interconnection processes for filing interconnection applications including (CAISO, PJM, ERCOT, SPP, and MISO);
  • Manage relationship with the utility and RTO/ISO from application to COD;
  • Manage internal and external resources to provide engineering support for the process;
  • Make all required security postings and payments in a timely manner;
  • Review and solicit comments from consultants and internal team on the feasibility, system impact, and facilities studies;
  • Negotiate all agreements needed to construct the facilities including Interconnection agreements, engineering and procurement, and construction agreements;

The Person

  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher in a business, urban planning, engineering, finance related fields
  • 5+ years of renewable energy project development, working on behalf of the owner/developer
  • A proven track record as a lead developer with a “deal sheet of projects” 50MW+ in size
  • Solid understanding of energy markets and renewable energy development in North America
  • Ability to communicate effectively with audiences that include but are not limited to management, coworkers, clients, vendors, contractors, and other stakeholders
  • Superior preparation, presentation, time management & interpersonal skills
  • Willing to travel up to 50% of the time within North America
  • Represent the company with the utmost professionalism with internal and external communications
  • A valid driving license