Manager, Project Origination

Leafs in the sun



La Jolla, CA



We invest in people with the shared ambition to create a green and sustainable future for generations to come. At IOWN we are up for big challenges and finding innovative solutions for the green energy future. Interested? Join our team!

Job description

IOWN Renewable Energy, Inc. is seeking a Manager, Project Origination to develop, manage, and execute the creation and planning of new utility-scale wind, solar and battery energy storage projects throughout WECC, MISO, ERCOT, and other markets as identified by the strategy team. This role will identify new best-in-class projects through greenfield and M&A opportunities, as well as managing 3rd party consultants to locate such projects. Considering market intelligence, resource availability, transmission planning, and power deliverability, the Manager, Project Origination will create and design advanced concepts for projects that will be highly marketable in competitive landscapes. This position will coordinate efforts with the various team members and stakeholders at IOWN, including but not limited to GIS, resource assessment, market intelligence, transmission planning, and land acquisition & real estate to develop a pipeline of projects that contain realistic strategies for development success. Also, the Manager will coordinate team efforts to conduct the due diligence necessary to evaluate acquisition opportunities.

The candidate will work for a rapidly growing renewable energy company headquartered in San Diego which seeks an innovative, focused, and motivated leader to start a team of professionals doing commercial modeling of projects and deal structures.

Remote candidates will be considered, but preference will be given to candidates who live in or can relocate to San Diego area, CA.

Seniority level will be based on candidate experience.

About Us

IOWN is a renewable energy developer and service provider headquartered in La Jolla, CA. Our focus is to expertly develop and manage utility-scale renewable energy projects (wind, solar PV, and energy storage).

IOWN has been operating in Europe since 2012, and with the strong determination stemming from the Scandinavian work ethic and mentality, IOWN entered the U.S. energy market in 2014.

We strive to be the front-runner in the development, engineering, procurement, finance, construction, sale, and operation of top-tier renewable energy assets. To achieve this, we place a high value on building a cohesive team that values execution. To be in control. To own it.

IOWN won the Best Energy Workplaces Award 2021, based on our proven efforts in providing health and wellness programs, professional development programs, family-friendly policies, flexible work options, diversity, and community engagement.

IOWN is an Equal Opportunity Employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, or veteran status. For an industry that is one of the least gender-diverse sectors, IOWN is doing its best to close the gender gap, and despite the small size of 35 employees, IOWN represents over six different nationalities amongst its team.


  • A minimum of bachelor’s degree in a business or technical discipline or equivalent experience in a related field.
  • 5+ of experience in strategic research, analysis and planning, business development, or a related field within the energy industry.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently.
  • A deep understanding of the energy industry and the regulatory environment is a plus.
  • Self-motivated with a high level of initiative and accountability.
  • Organized, diligent, and able to track and manage multiple streams of information on an ongoing basis.
  • Ownership of workflows to meet deadlines and budgets.


  • Managing all aspects of the day-to-day origination process to ensure proper analysis, considerations, resource allocation, schedules, and budgeting.
  • Provide strategy for locating, identifying, and managing greenfield opportunities.
  • Negotiate certain agreements and contracts with 3rd parties, including but not limited to consulting agreements, service providers, etc.
  • Lead RFP response efforts for tasks related to origination efforts.
  • Manage ALTA surveys, understand and evaluate schedule B exceptions.
  • Coordinate electrical injection studies to locate deliverability.
  • Coordinate Utility Transmission Planning Process (TPP Strategy Integration).
  • Coordinate resource assessment.
  • Support in the monitoring of local, state, and federal policy impacting renewables.
  • Maximize project value by integrating positive aspects of public policy.
  • Foster relationships with local, county, state, and federal permitting agencies.
  • Ensure compliance with zoning/planning departments.
  • Evaluate and understand technology specific project needs.
  • Understand hybridization and integration of technologies, coordination with financial modeling efforts.
  • Coordinate efforts with the CDO and CCO to ensure origination goals are aligned.

Why you should apply

  • Competitive compensation.
  • PTO and paid holidays, comprehensive medical/health plans, dental, vision, short-term and long-term disability, group life insurance, 401(k) corporate matching, and flexible spending arrangements.
  • Company reimbursed cell phone, fitness and wellness reimbursement.
  • Family-friendly policies.
  • Company Performance Communication Plan, including 90-day review (one-time for new hires), 1:1 Meetings, Semi-Annual Review, Annual Review.
  • Ongoing training and use of development tools to support your personal and professional growth.
  • A vision-driven, energetic, and fast-paced environment.
  • Team atmosphere of diverse professionals with the common goal of developing clean energy assets.
  • Freedom to take charge of your own assignments.
  • Opportunity to build a team.

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