About GRID Alternatives:
GRID Alternatives is a national leader in making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities and communities of color. GRID is an entrepreneurial, high-growth non-profit organization that provides direct solar installation and project development; workforce training and service learning opportunities; and low-income solar policy advocacy.
Our vision: a transition to clean, renewable energy that includes and benefits everyone.
At GRID, we care about each other and know that each employee has a whole self that includes life outside of work. Our culture supports learning, growth and well-being of all of our team members.
Based in Oakland, California, GRID has 9 regional offices and affiliates serving all of California, Colorado, Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware; GRID also works in Nicaragua, Mexico and Nepal. GRID has a dedicated staff of 350 and growing!
Every member of GRID Alternatives must participate in the organization's equity, inclusion, and diversity work.
GRID is seeking an exceptional Project Developer to lead the development of new community solar projects aimed at scaling the organization’s triple bottom line impact of People, Planet, Employment. This role will ensure that all project components and partners come together so that 100kw-10MW solar systems are built on time and budget, and deliver on GRID’s mission. The position will report to the Director of Business & Project Development, and sit on GRID’s National Community Solar Team.
- Ensure community solar projects are developed, built and commissioned on time and budget
- Originate new project opportunities through close collaboration with GRID’s Director of Community Solar, Director of Business & Project Development, and Regional Directors/Development Staff
- Negotiate final site lease agreements with land owners and rooftop project hosts to ensure long term project and partnership success
- Lead the land development process: complete critical risk assessments, secure development permits, procure and manage subcontractors to complete any needed ESAs, Civil work/engineering, geotechnical reports, SWPPP, title work, easement and other site development work/reports needed to move projects forward
- Guide the negotiation of final utility interconnection and producer agreements, and work with Commercial Engineer to complete interconnection studies
- Work closely with the Director of Project & Business Development to secure financing partners, close individual project financing deals, and establish long-term working relationships
- Ensure that major equipment is purchased in accordance with financing contracts, and on time and within budget parameters by working closely with regional construction staff, as well as the project design engineers and procurement staff
- Develop and secure major community solar offtakers/subscription agreements through direct outreach and relationship building, as well as collaboration with regional staff, leveraging GRID’s software tools
- Manage construction budget and timeline by working closely with regional office Construction Manager/Site Superintendent
- Serve as primary point of contact between on-site construction staff and major project stakeholders such as financing partners
- Establish internal processes and secure external subcontractors to ensure that each project has an asset management, operations and maintenance, outreach, insurance, and financial management plan to ensure projects are able to close on financing and generate long term impacts
- Manage a diverse team of external project team members with competing priorities, such as utilities, investment partners/co development partners, affordable housing providers, partner non-profits, government agencies, third party land/rooftop owners, and subcontractors such as civil engineers
- Manage a cross-functional team of internal project team members such as regional directors/project development staff, commercial design engineers, procurement specialists, outreach managers, and operations staff
- Support training of junior project developers from GRID National Community Solar Team and regional officers for proficiency in the process of community solar project development.
- Passion for poverty alleviation and dedication to helping realize GRID’s vision of a clean renewable energy future that includes and benefits everyone
- Demonstrated experience in C&I solar, wind or real-estate project and land development
- Demonstrated success in manage complex multi-year projects with both internal and external stakeholders
- Excellent communication and negotiation skills
- Detail-oriented self-starter who is internally motivated and also excels in a team environment
- Flexible and willing to embrace change, go the extra mile, and bring ideas and energy to rapidly growing organization
- Leadership qualities such as creativity, capacity to motivate others, understanding teams and their needs, eagerness to accept responsibility, and intelligent and action oriented judgement
- Proficient with MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project, Google applications like Gmail and GoogleDocs, and CRM databases like Salesforce. Ability to quickly learn new programs including CAD/SketchUp, HelioScope, Energy Toolbase, PVWatts Calculator, PV Bid
- Experience in community solar industry a plus
This is a full-time position, compensation commensurate with experience.
Medical, Dental, Vision/Eye Care insurance, 5 weeks paid time off (PTO), 12 paid holidays, Commuter Checks, 403B retirement plan, Employee Assistance Program (EAP), Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Health Savings Account (HSA), STD<D, and yearly Professional Development funds to further education up to $600.
Submit both a resume and a cover letter describing your interest. Due to the high volume of inquiries, mailed and emailed applications are not accepted. Please do not call and/or email requesting an update.