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Distributed Energy - Project Manager Development, Land Acquisitions (TN)

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Date: May 12, 2023

Location(s): Juno Beach, FL, US, 33408

Company: NextEra Energy

NextEra Energy Resources is the world's largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, and a world leader in battery storage. We provide energy-related products and services that grow our economy, protect the environment, support our communities and help customers meet their energy needs. We are leading the decarbonization of the U.S. economy with our goal to reach Real Zero carbon emissions from our operations by 2045 while improving customer affordability and reliability. Are you interested in creating a cleaner environment for future generations? Join our world-class, innovative team today.


Position Specific Description

In this role you will report to the Distributed Generation (DG) Early Stage Land Development Senior Project Manager and be responsible for early-stage greenfield land origination and acquisition in any of the following regions: West, Central, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. You will work directly with the origination team to understand your region and identify and secure optimal greenfield sites in order to cultivate a pipeline of viable, competitive solar sites in support of the region’s origination strategy.


Your job is to acquire new greenfield sites for DG projects that have been vetted for preliminary environmental issues and initial DG system engineering design, injection capacity, and have the capability to be permitted. The sites must also be in line with Origination’s market/program and customer demand strategy. Initial diligence of local zoning ordinances and permitting to ensure future development of the project is also a key component of the role. Once viable sites have been identified, your job will be to engage landowners and take the lead on requesting the agreement from our real estate legal department and negotiating key financial and commercial terms of the real estate agreement and getting the agreement to execution. In parallel, your job will also be to file the interconnection request with the appropriate distribution utility.


Travel for this role will fluctuate, and you can expect to travel 40% of the time. Practical experience dealing with solar project development, including real estate acquisition, land and title matters, permitting, interconnection, and community outreach is essential in this role, along with technical acumen in GIS. To do this job well, you must be a team player that can balance priorities and communicate effectively with the DG team, numerous internal subject matter experts, external consultants, and customers to successfully navigate the processes necessary to acquire optimal DG solar sites.

The perfect candidate for this position has extensive project management experience and can take ownership over their process within the reporting guidelines and internal processes of the Company.


Main attributes and requirements:

  • Technical experience using GIS tools and Google Earth highly preferred
  • Experience negotiating renewable lease option and purchase option agreements
  • Experience with land and title matters preferred
  • Project management experience
  • Establish and manage relationships with landowners and other stakeholders in support of site acquisition
  • Initiate interconnection process for new projects
  • Provide reports to management by producing regular and frequent pipeline updates, project status updates, and other reporting documents
  • Communicate information continuously and effectively to cross-functional team
  • Work with internal resources, such as the Environmental Services, Real Estate Legal, Engineering & Construction, Interconnection, and Regulatory teams
  • Support the financial analysis and modeling of the project

Job Overview

Employees in this role assist in the development and execution of plans for new and enhanced generation projects. This job coordinates allocation of resources, schedules, and technical adequacy, ensuring the project or transaction is completed in the most cost effective and competitive manner. This position participates in all aspects of the business deal and ensures the project is completed on time and within budgetary constraints.

Job Duties & Responsibilities

  • Leads and facilitates the day to day transaction process to ensure timely completion as well as a cost effective and competitive result
  • Coordinates key functions such as financial feasibility analyses, engineering/design, project legal review, permitting activities and financial negotiations
  • Supports due diligence activities with other internal groups to ensure proper analysis and structuring of assigned projects
  • Acts as liaison between internal and external specialists regarding procurement, contracting, permitting and interconnection
  • Assists in the construction of contractual arrangements for project development
  • Participates in negotiating agreements with consultants and subcontractors
  • Ensures compliance with applicable technical and regulatory requirements
  • Fosters external relationships with customers, third parties and members of the community
  • Performs other job-related duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • High School Grad / GED
  • Bachelor's or Equivalent Experience
  • Experience: 3+ years

Preferred Qualifications

  • None


Employee Group:  Exempt
Employee Type:  Full Time
Job Category:  Business Development
Organization:  NextEra Project Mgmt 
Relocation Provided:  Yes, if applicable


Where permitted by applicable law, NextEra Energy requires all employees and new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or be willing to receive the COVID-19 vaccination on or before the first day of employment.


NextEra Energy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by law. We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace.


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