Chicago, IL
Full Time

Project Developer - Illinois

US Solar is seeking a Project Developer in Chicago, IL. The Project Developer will be responsible for site acquisition, permitting, interconnection, and other development activities for DG solar projects. This employee will understand the market(s) they work in, strategize, and execute the development strategy. The Project Developer will have the support of a small, close-knit development team but will also work directly with upper management and have a high degree of autonomy.

Key Responsibilities

  • Working with landowners who are interested in our offer to lease or purchase their land, ultimately securing site control agreements  
  • Coordinating with third-party engineering firms on due diligence and project deliverables
  • Navigating the interconnection process with the utilities, tracking all milestones, due dates, fees, etc.
  • Securing land use permits and other pre-construction approvals from Local Government Units (LGUs) as needed
  • Preparing projects for construction commencement in coordination with US Solar’s construction/operations team
  • Maintaining positive relationships (with landowner, utility, and LGU) and communication throughout
  • Monitoring and analyzing market factors, including new legislation/regulation.
  • Preparing budget requests to obtain internal approvals for major expenses and associated development plans  
  • Supporting and coordinating with key functional teams, including origination, legal, title, finance, and construction/operations

Core Proficiencies


  • At least 1 year of previous solar development experience
  • Thorough understanding of the DG solar markets, interconnection processes, permitting processes, etc.  
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including an ability to tailor communication to different types of audiences, such as farmers, utility employees, and government employees
  • Ability to forge relationships and build consensus with key stakeholders
  • Strong problem-solving skills and can work through issues autonomously but knows when to seek support from teammates
  • Detail-oriented and self-motivated achiever with ability to handle multiple priorities and deadlines 
  • Enthusiasm and passion for the renewable energy industry

About US Solar

US Solar is a developer, owner, operator, and financier of solar and solar + storage projects, with a focus on emerging state markets, community solar programs, distributed generation, and small-scale utility projects nationwide. US Solar is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We believe diverse teams and diverse perspectives lead to better outcomes and breakthrough thinking, which are differentiators in any business and fundamental to our long-term success.

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