Overview

Description

The Project Counsel will provide legal advice to EDPR NA personnel regarding all aspects of renewable energy project development, construction, and operations. You will provide support to all project financing activities and the preparation and negotiation of balance of plant agreements, power purchase agreements, turbine supply agreements, operations and maintenance agreements, engineering service agreements, consulting service agreements, purchase agreements, and other relevant documentation, all in accordance with EDPR NA objectives and policies. The PC will also handle day to day project-related legal issues and provide legal expertise to Company staff and analyze exposure to risk factors while complying with departmental guidelines and all applicable laws in order to ensure that EDPR NA’s project documents and activities meet all applicable requirements.

 Main accountabilities:

  • Provide legal expertise and support to EDPR NA staff in the development, execution, administration, and operations of renewable energy projects
  • Work with development project teams throughout the development process by providing legal advice on issues as they arise and providing solutions that meet project objectives while complying with departmental guidelines
  • Develop, review, and recommend changes to legal aspects of project documents to improve efficiency and risk mitigation
  • Timely prepare, negotiate, and finalize various project agreements including power purchase agreements, turbine supply agreements, construction agreements, interconnection agreements, engineering and consulting service agreements, operations and maintenance agreements, power purchase agreements, filings, and applications to various local, state, and federal agencies (including FERC)
  • Manage external legal resources to ensure efficient and effective completion of tasks
  • Support EDPR NA’s project documentation and compliance functions
  • Coordinate efforts with other legal and senior management staff regarding corporate and project requirements to ensure maximum value and appropriate risk management for EDPR NA and its owners
  • Identify critical project risk issues and make recommendations to EDPR NA’s senior management regarding resolution/management
  • Support project financing and sale processes
  • Additional duties as required

 Direct reports:  None

Travel:  Minimal

 

Minimum qualifications:

  • Juris Doctorate
  • 5 – 7 years of in-house counsel or comparable law firm experience with emphasis on document preparation
  • Experience in the independent power industry handling development, construction, and operations of a power facility
  • Experience in the renewable energy industry, both solar and wind, preferred
  • Licensure to practice law in at least one state, preferably Texas
  • Knowledge of all types of relevant contracts including balance of plant agreements, power purchase agreements, turbine supply agreements, operation and maintenance agreements, engineering and consulting services agreements, confidentiality agreements, purchase agreements, and other relevant documentation along with the manner in which corporate entities operate and are organized within the power industry
  • Experience successfully managing outside counsel
  • Project finance and tax equity financing experience preferred

 

Behavioral requirements:

  • Ability to identify risks and propose alternative strategies in order to mitigate risks while accomplishing the preferred path forward for the project if possible
  • Ability to multi-task and oversee multiple projects simultaneously with possible conflicting schedules
  • Ability to work successfully in a dynamic team environment
  • Ability and willingness to timely meet fluid and changing priorities
  • Ability to be discreet and maintain confidentiality
  • Strong interpersonal and teamwork skills
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong planning, analytical, negotiation, and organizational skills
  • Strong ethical values and willingness to raise concerns to internal team members

 

Physical demands & working conditions:

  • Sitting/Standing/Flexibility: Ability to stand and sit for 8 or more hours when in an office environment
  • Speech/Reading:  Ability to speak, read, and write English proficiently and deliver a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
  • Lifting: Ability to lift items weighing up to 10 pounds
  • Vision/Hearing: Ability to understand a variety of instructions furnished in written, verbal, diagram, or schedule form
  • Safety: Ability to understand and communicate safety precautions when necessary

Travel Required

Yes. minimal

Qualifications

Education

Required

Doctorate or better in Law.

Experience

Required

5-7 years: 5 – 7 years of in-house counsel or comparable law firm experience with emphasis on document preparation


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