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Permitting Manager

Organization: United States Solar Corporation (“US Solar”)

Position Type: Full-time

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Employer Description: US Solar is a developer and owner/operator of solar projects, specializing in community solar markets.

Position Description:

The Permitting Manager will provide permitting, environmental assessment and site development support across a 100 MW and growing development pipeline of community solar and utility-scale solar projects across the U.S. The successful candidate will have five or more years of environmental consulting, land use planning or site land development experience within renewable energy industry or related field, with demonstrated prior expertise in leading or reviewing discretionary permitting activities for large capital projects.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide project management and technical expertise for a pre-construction development portfolio of community solar and utility-scale solar projects to ensure that projects obtain necessary discretionary entitlements, agency approvals and environmental assessments required to commence construction and achieve financial close
  • Manage the entitlement process with local, state and federal government authorities, including day-to-day interaction with city and county planning boards, as well as presenting projects to discretionary review bodies and project stakeholders.  Lead and participate in the use permitting process, including background research, jurisdictional visits, community meetings, creating use permit application packages, and attending/presenting at jurisdictional meetings.
  • Manage a network of external consultants and internal colleagues who are geographically dispersed, including budgets, schedule of deliverables and ensuring quality control
  • Conduct due diligence on pre-construction, project acquisition opportunities, including evaluating accuracy, adequacy and implications of permits, environmental assessments prepared pursuant to local/state/federal regulations, Phase I ESAs, hydrological and geotechnical reports, biological and cultural resource assessments, wetlands delineations, land surveys, and land use restrictions
  • In partnership with US Solar’s Site Selection and Project Development team, participate in acquiring land and siting projects by reviewing zoning, floodplain, biological resources, wetlands, permitting fees, entitlement processes and other site specific considerations to support development and identify viable project locations
  • Support the resolution of land development-related issues that arise during financing, including ensuring that projects comply with lender and tax equity requirements for discretionary permits and land use
  • Support the implementation of creative project development approaches that reduce exposure to permitting risks, minimize permitting requirements and/or optimize development schedules
  • Maintain budget projections while ensuring projects are adequately and optimally staffed with internal and external resources to achieve critical land use and discretionary permitting milestones in alignment with overall project schedule
  • Prepare summaries and recommendations pertaining to the environmental and land use approval processes for projects in various jurisdictions across the U.S. for use by the Origination and Development teams to select preferred development areas• Identify all permit activities necessary for projects to reach financial close.
  • Identify, secure bids from, and manage work activities of environmental and permitting consultants
  • Review and track all incoming permit documents, assure adequacy, and perform follow-up as needed
  • Assure consultant billing and performance is consistent with consultant agreements and industry standards.
  • Prepare project schedules and budgets to obtain all necessary permits. Assure permits are being obtained per project schedule and budget.
  • Ensure data rooms are populated and organized in accordance with company naming nomenclature and standards
  • Support Executive and Finance Teams during investor due diligence process
  • Provide regular updates to Executive Team and promptly raise concerns when they become apparent
  • Provide a smooth transition to the operations team as projects progress to construction. Provide post-closing support to the operations team as necessary.

Qualifications:

Experience:

  • Demonstrated experience in obtaining land use permits (including conditional use permits and zoning amendments) and environmental approvals pursuant to local, state and federal law
  • Understanding of diverse forms of renewable electrical power generation technologies (e.g., PV, wind, battery storage)
  • 5+ years of experience in energy/utilities industry or closely-related sector; prior project development experience in wind and/or solar strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with title resolution, subdivision, agricultural land use restrictions, land (ALTA) surveys, GIS, and other real estate elements is beneficial, but not required
  • Prior experience and exposure to as many of the following is strongly preferred:
    • USFWS and state endangered species protection policies and programs
    • Section 404 of the Clean Water Act
    • Wetlands permitting in the northeast and mid-Atlantic
    • National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
    • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
    • Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
    • Equivalent organizations in New York and Illinois
    • Other relevant agencies, including, but not limited to, USFWS, EPC, USDA, NRCS

Skills:

  • Highly resourceful and strategic thinker; able to summarize complex issues, identify opportunities or next steps with limited guidance and add value through creative input
  • Motivated team player who is action-oriented and interested in continually learning and taking on additional and more complex responsibilities in support of a rapidly growing development pipeline
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills with ability to maintain composure and diplomacy in all situations
  • Demonstrated interest in a career in environmental, permitting and renewable energy
  • Ability and willingness to travel as required

Interested Candidates
Please email cover letter and resume to: careers@us-solar.com
Email subject should read “Permitting Manager”.