Project Development Manager - Utility-Scale Solar *Hybrid*

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Date: Sep 7, 2023

Location: US

Company: Black & Veatch Family of Companies


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Company : Diode Ventures, LLC.  

Req Id : 98850 

Opportunity Type : Staff 

Relocation eligible : Yes 

Full time/Part time : Full-Time  

Project Only Hire : No 

Visa Sponsorship Available: No 

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Job Summary


The Project Development Manager for Utility-Scale Solar will function in a mid-tier project development capacity. You will own multiple utility-scale solar development projects, and there will also be potential to own development projects in the renewable energy and data center space. In this role, you will have the opportunity to: 

  • Manage all aspects of a portfolio of utility-scale development from greenfield origination or acquisition to point-of-sale.
  • Build on and improve strategy for the filtering of site acquisition targets to minimize cost and risk.
  • Crosstrain in data center development if there is need.

Please note: This role has about 20% travel based on project needs. When not traveling, this role will be hybrid: 2 days per week remote, 3 days per week in-office from any Black & Veatch office in the US.


Black & Veatch prides itself on the support of our employees and providing flexibility to make the things that are most important to you, a priority. This is why we offer our professionals, located near an office, the option of a Hybrid work environment. Our hybrid work approach allows our employees to work two days a week from other locations outside of the office. Additionally, this opportunity has the possibility of being located in any of our offices located across the U.S; click the link to see a full list of U.S. Office Locations. Some positions may be relocation eligible. Speak to your recruiter if you have interest in relocation. 


The Team


Diode is a close-knit and agile team of entrepreneurs who put the client first and uphold a quality of excellence in work to deliver for our customers and our team. We specifically work with renewable energy and data infrastructure project development.

Check out one of our recent projects! | Fort Bend Solar

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify, quantify, and manage risks and project value within the expectations of Sr. Leadership, equity investors, and lenders.
  • Manage consultants, external stakeholders, and other third parties (i.e. transmission operators, land owners, etc.) to ensure project success.
  • Conduct due-diligence and analysis on new opportunities (acquisitions, partnerships, etc.).
  • Create and manage project development budget and schedule including coordinating with finance team to supply and review project finance model inputs.
  • Organize and present project information at public hearings when required to obtain local approvals, permits, or incentives.
  • Coordinate with local utilities to secure utility support for projects.

Management Responsibilities

Acts as a project manager. Among responsibilities is management of a project team. The individual comprising this team may vary by project.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of experience with utility-scale solar development.
  • Proven experience with land acquisition, title, minerals, permitting, environmental, interconnection, and power marketing aspects of solar energy project development.
  • Successful track record of managing complex projects in the solar energy space.
  • Extensive knowledge of the full-cycle of utility-scale solar power generation.
  • Extensive knowledge of interconnection, permitting, real estate, state/federal regulation, utility procurement goals, politics, law and other issues that impact development of infrastructure projects
    • This experience should be in at least two of the following regional markets: MISO, SPP, ERCOT.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in related field required.
  • All applicants must be able to complete pre-employment onboarding requirements (if selected) which may include any/all of the following: criminal/civil background check, drug screen, and motor vehicle records search, in compliance with any applicable laws and regulations.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

  • Typical office environment with some construction site or pre-construction site visits.
  • Sitting, walking, talking, hearing, reading, writing, keyboarding, driving.

Salary Plan

SAM: Sales

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