Project Developer, Solar & Storage

Chicago, IL
Renee Le Compte

As Senior Project Developer, you will lead the effective day-to-day management of Solar and Solar + Storage projects under development in both the US and Canada, including: HS&E, procurement, scheduling, and budget accountabilities; communication with key stakeholders, project partners, and regulators; coordination of subject matter experts and contractors; and support of debt financing up until the start of construction.

Key Accountabilities and Duties

  • Lead project development and project management activities from project conception to start of construction, working to proactively identify project barriers and implement strategies to overcome such barriers, including preparation of annual development budgets for projects at various locations in the United States and Canada.
  • Manage and work with the engineering team on project interconnection applications with the utilities to secure queue positions.
  • Prepare and participate in required transaction approval documentation and presentations for senior management and the Board.
  • Support Junior Development Staff.
  • Renewable energy site identification and assessment. Utilize various siting tools to identify and review greenfield opportunities to support the company’s greenfield pipeline goals.
  • Develop, clarify, and manage project scope, project execution plans, track and manage contract deliverables, HS&E requirements, insurance needs and QA/QC plans.
  • Work with Director of Land to pursue site control. Meet and negotiate with potential project landowners to acquire site control where needed and to provide project information and support when needed.
  • Support technology selection, procurement initiatives, and project dependencies to ensure targeted development and construction outcomes are achieved (i.e., projects delivered safely, on-time, and on-budget).
  • Support or lead construction projects and project delivery efforts.
  • Assist in RFP responses and/or sales processes.
  • Support efforts to negotiate and sign PPA’s for late-stage project opportunities.
  • Manage and/or Lead public consultation and stakeholder engagement efforts with local communities, landowners, and leaders.
  • Manage and/or Lead agency consultation efforts with local, state, and federal regulatory bodies and decision makers.
  • Coordinate project specific tasks including, permitting and approvals, project communications, engineering and design, procurement, and construction review processes as well as providing an effective transitional basis into construction.
  • Support continuous improvement of key development principles as well as identifying new opportunities to improve project execution and operational efficiencies


  • Undergraduate degree in Engineering, Planning, Environmental Science, or related field. 
  • Minimum 6+ years of project development and/or project management experience in power generation or similar industry.
  • Land acquisition experience.
  • Experience dealing with Federal, State, and local regulators, agencies, and regulatory processes.
  • Experience with utility interconnection processes including PJM and MISO.
  • Possess excellent, hands-on project management skills and demonstrated efficiency in providing project development support on multiple concurrent projects.
  • Successful experience with all aspects of project development, permitting, consultation, construction, and integration to operations.
  • Extensive knowledge of renewable technologies and energy storage.
  • Existing network of contacts and partners in the solar market preferred
  • Knowledge of MS Office, including Project, Word, Excel, GIS/mapping systems and document management systems.
  • Willingness to learn standard commercial contract language to eventually become comfortable reading, interpreting, and enforcing contract terms


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