Earthrise Energy seeks to power our world more responsibly, sustainably, and equitably than ever before. We acquire, develop, and operate power generation facilities that provide reliable electricity, support the decarbonizing grid, and meet the evolving needs of our customers and communities. We are backed by a leading sustainable real asset investor. Energy entrepreneurs at heart, we embody the values of respect, integrity, service, and excellence upon which our company was founded by creating an environment that enables and encourages thoughtful debate and the development of never-done-before ideas.
Reporting to the Senior Director of Business Development, the Project Developer will have significant day-to-day responsibility for the Company’s regional project development activities in the Midwest, including a ~1.6+ GW pipeline of solar + storage projects, which will continue to expand as the Company’s footprint grows. The Developer will focus initially on early-stage development, supporting the execution of real estate acquisition, interconnection, permitting, and environmental diligence. The Project Developer will coordinate closely with the Lead and Project Developers, the Senior Director of Business Development, and the broader team. As part of a small, growing company, the Developer will also contribute to overall corporate development and company culture and will be involved periodically in projects outside of day-to-day project execution such as project M&A support and market research and analysis.
Qualifications & Skills
• Active in utility-scale solar project development: 1-3 years, preferably with experience working in Illinois and/or the Midwest
• Required experience in early-to-mid stages of project execution; experience in later stages of development (offtake and financing) is also appreciated
• Critical expertise includes real estate origination & diligence, community engagement, and environmental review. In particular:
o Strong grasp of real estate contract terms and conditions and ability to quickly extract key provisions from land agreements and legal documents
o Experience conducting property research and public record analysis and using Google Earth / other basic GIS tools, and familiarity with land title and ownership principles
o Comfort coordinating standard environmental diligence (wetlands, endangered species, geotechnical, etc.) and reviewing findings with thoroughness and critical thought
• Strong track record of coordinating with outside consultants and service providers
• Keen interest in building personal relationships from the ground up and working closely with a diverse range of stakeholders
• Strong organizational, project management and problem-solving skills and the ability to structure work to meet project schedules and deadlines
• Strong written and verbal communication skills, and a proficiency in MS Office programs
• Preferably located in Illinois or nearby; travel expected to be required 25-50% of the time