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Associate, Project Development (Open to Remote Work)

Company: Clearway Energy
Location: San Francisco
Posted on: January 25, 2023

Job Description:

About Us
Clearway Energy Group is leading the transition to a world powered by clean energy. Along with our public affiliate Clearway Energy, Inc., we own and operate more than 8 gigawatts of renewable and conventional energy assets across the country. As we develop a nationwide pipeline of new renewable energy projects for the future, Clearway's 5.6 gigawatts of wind, solar, and energy storage assets offset the equivalent of more than 10.5 million metric tons of carbon emissions for our customers today. Clearway Energy Group is headquartered in San Francisco with offices in Carlsbad, Calif.; Scottsdale, Ariz.; Houston; and Princeton, N.J. For more information, visit

Reporting to the Sr. Manager, Project Development, the Associate, Project Development is responsible for both supporting and directly managing the development of projects across the U.S. as a key member of a 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 prior professional renewable energy project development experience with ability 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 supported projects through one or more successful project financing processes.
This position will be in our San Francisco, CA office or remote as applicable.

Principal Responsibilities & Key Results

  • Manage and support 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 create additional project value
  • Manage 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
  • 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
  • Support 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
  • Coordinate and strategize with origination team on the marketing of development-stage projects for new power purchase and offtake agreements, including submitting responses to Request for Proposals (RFPs).
  • 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, SPP, PJM, NYISO, ISO-NE)
    • Ability to travel as required (> 25%)

      Ideal Qualifications

      • 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 2 years of applicable experience in the renewable energy industry in the U.S., with direct experience in full life-cycle development of utility scale solar and/or wind projects - battery storage experience a plus
      • 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
      • Experience managing project schedules and project budgets, as well as understanding of key project value levers (commercial, financial, etc.)
      • Experience managing cross-functional employee groups (i.e., project teams) and external stakeholders/agencies to execute on a project development strategy

Keywords: Clearway Energy, San Francisco , Associate, Project Development (Open to Remote Work), Accounting, Auditing , San Francisco, California

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