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Alliant Energy Renewables Development Specialist II in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Bring YOUR energy to Alliant Energy!

At Alliant Energy, our purpose is to serve customers and build stronger communities. We are passionate about powering beyond the market challenges of today, while powering what's next in energy. When our employees say "I am energy", it means they take pride in the work we do when disaster strikes, as well as all the days in between. We want you to be safe, happy and healthy. That's why we prioritize safety, offer volunteer opportunities and provide competitive pay, comprehensive health and retirement benefits, tuition reimbursement and paid time off.

We are currently looking for a Renewables Development Specialist II to join our team. This position is responsible for performing a variety of development and origination work in siting, land acquisition, interconnection coordination, stakeholder and public outreach and partnership management for renewable facilities, battery energy storage systems, and related balance of plant equipment. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a collaboration with a project team focused on the development of large- and small-scale utility renewable projects.

This is a hybrid-remote position reporting to either the Madison, WI or Cedar Rapids, IA office. Our preferred candidate will be in Madison, WI . Candidates must reside in Iowa or Wisconsin.

What you will do

  • Provides guidance to the project team about evolving project and community priorities that impact the sense of urgency for deliverables and engagement with stakeholders and identifies opportunities to optimize the project’s integration into the community.

  • Serves as a key contributor to the renewable design and configuration of a wind, solar, or battery energy storage system (BESS) conceptual design, including existing or planned infrastructure, land parcel status, linear facilities/routing, and physical layouts of equipment throughout the project area to the point of interconnection.

  • Champions renewables in support of corporate and project objectives and contributes to the various phases of renewables development, including initial customer origination, early-stage siting and development assessment through mid-stage conceptual layout, and preliminary engineering through late-stage development and permit approvals.

  • Presents alternatives and constructively influences the customer's decision-making; serves as a credible specialist in one or more development areas.

  • Manages risks associated with key deliverables related to the projects, such as ensuring compliance with relevant ordinances, successful permitting outcomes, and general acceptance of the project.

  • Performs effective risk management that involves direct application of previous project experience and highly qualitative influence factors and continuously reassess the ability of risk factors to impact project objectives.

  • Coordinates and leads cross-functional teams that deal with complex technical and project related topics.

  • Champions project goals and objectives to assist with the efficient resolution of risks and issues.

  • Prioritizes renewable developer and supplier relationships.

  • Stays current with project portfolios in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota and with Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) business practice manual influencing interconnection and other relevant generation resource requirements.

  • Anticipates customer needs and expectations and delivers high-quality, innovative solutions.

  • Assists in managing project budgets, including processes accruals, and communicates anticipated changes in the budget. Structures projects such that the effect on shareholders and rate payers is balanced.

  • Engages in other duties as needed that support our Values and help deliver on our Purpose to serve customers and build stronger communities.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Sustainable Systems, Renewables Development, Real Estate, Engineering, Environmental, Business, or relevant degree is preferred.


  • 3 years of related experience is required.

  • Renewable developer experience, along with ability to deal with subcontractors and cross-functional teams; recognized as having expertise in a particular area of the discipline is preferred.

Key Skills

  • Business Acumen • Community Outreach • Contract Management • Customer Needs • Feasibility Studies • Project and Program Management • Risk Management • Procurement • Stakeholder Management • Strategic Planning • Technology Research

Our people are passionate about what they do, the product they sell, and the customers they serve. If you're looking for an opportunity to be a part of a work family that values collaboration, innovation and dedication, we're the right company for you.

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Alliant Energy is committed to providing an inclusive work environment for all and is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

All candidates selected for employment with Alliant Energy will be required to successfully complete a drug screen and background check.


The above information on this description has been crafted to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not crafted to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.

Alliant Energy and subsidiaries is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace. Applicants in need of a reasonable accommodation for any part of the hiring process, please email

It's an exciting time to join Alliant Energy! Our innovative thinking and fresh, sustainable approach to energy sets us apart. If you're looking for a place that values diverse backgrounds, offers flexible work options and wants to build better communities and a better tomorrow, consider a career with Alliant Energy.

At Alliant Energy, our employees make a difference by delivering an essential service for our customers and communities every day. We care about our employees. We want them to be safe, happy and healthy.

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