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Manager, Land Use Permitting

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NRG Published: January 27, 2017 (16 days ago)


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The Manager, Land Use Permitting will provide permitting, environmental assessment and site development support across a 3GW+ development pipeline of early-to-late stage utility-scale and distributed generation solar and wind 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.




  • Provide project management and technical expertise for a pre-construction development portfolio (>3GW) of utility-scale and distributed generation solar and wind 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
  • Manage a network of external consultants and internal NRG 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 NRG Renewable’s Real Estate team 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






  • 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:
    • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
    • 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)
    • Maryland Certificate of Public Necessity and Convenience (CPCN)
    • Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA)
    • Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (310 CMR 10:00)
    • New York State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR)



  • 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



  • Bachelors’ degree in Engineering or science; preference for candidates with advanced degree.

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