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Renewable Energy Resources Project Manager

Date: Jan 18, 2023

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii (HI), US, 96813

Company: hawaiianel

We recognize our competitive advantage -- our people. We believe in our people, who share our vision of meeting the needs of our employees, customers, and communities and who carry out the continued success of the company.


Our employees are committed to the company's foundational values: integrity, excellence, teamwork, environmental stewardship, and community commitment. In turn, we invest in our employees, providing opportunities for challenge and advancement and offering a competitive compensation package.



The Renewable Acquisition Division at Hawaiian Electric Company has one (1) Management vacancy available. This position may be filled on Oahu, Maui, or Hawaii island. (Role: Professional )



Leads cross-functional teams consisting of Senior PMs, PMs, Project Engineers and related design team members at the direction of the Interconnection Delivery Manager - Renewable Energy Resources, to effectively implement the development interconnection and system facilities to support the operation of independent power producers for the service territories on Oahu, Maui County and Hawaii Island pursuant to PUC and executive steering group expectations. Responsible for implementing the overall plan for interconnection of independent power producers (“IPPs”), which includes scoping, scheduling, budgeting, PUC application development for overhead lines and approval, procurement, engineering coordination, technical standards development, and program and capital project implementation consistent with the Renewable Energy strategy through project commercial operation. 


Provides leadership and strategic recommendations on all issues related to the implementation of the Renewable Energy plans for interconnection of IPPs, consistent with the overall Renewable Energy strategy and standards set by the Interconnection Delivery Manager. Drives, facilitates, and ensures that each business unit provides work products that are appropriate to successfully bring each Power Purchase Agreement into commercial operation.  Reviews and analyzes status from cross-functional team to drive the implementation of projects and provide reporting to Interconnection Delivery Manager as well as applicable Managers/Directors/Executives, IPP representatives, and the Public Utilities Commission.


Leads and implements LEAN continuous improvement best practices to enhance and achieve operational excellence with a safety mindset.



  • Project Management and Governance
    • Ensures required work is justified, reasonable, cost-effective, and timely to meet the delivery of contract commitments. Manages policies with contracted Independent Power Producers, Co-generators, and Qualifying Facilities for each service area. Provides recommendations and training on technical issues which require the integration of knowledge and expertise in all areas of renewable energy resources.  Supports the development of and maintains a project management filing system to file historical data (ex. costs, schedule, and work scope) and new policies, agreements and standards created to interconnect IPPs.
  • Renewable Energy Team Support
    • Helps to oversee the Renewable Energy Strategy for the interconnection of IPPs and related system projects and acts as a point of contact with key individuals both inside and outside of the company in the interest of joint problem solving, coordination and ensuring technical, political and regulatory developments.  
    • Ensures decisions and actions related to the interconnection of IPPs which directly and significantly impact the financial integrity and ability of the company to provide renewable projects to commercial operation and that may affect credibility and/or liability of the company in the areas of operational safety, environmental compliance, public and regulatory relations are implemented.
    • Provides support to the Renewable Energy Resources operational team to ensure the strategic philosophy is carried through in planning, prioritizing, organizing, implementation, and execution in interconnection of IPPs. Ensures that team members have all resources, information, and direction necessary to successfully bring PPAs to commercial operation.  Informs team members of their roles, project information, and obtains their support in meeting project goals.
  • Testimony and Community Outreach
    • Prepares, reviews and may deliver expert testimony and other documents, filed with the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) or other external agencies such as the State Legislature, pertaining to renewable energy initiatives.  Helps to support the communication of Renewable Energy strategy and initiatives in community outreach efforts.
    • Manages, directs, investigates and/or researches utility best practices related to renewable energy.  Remains informed on political, regulatory, technical advances/innovation and progress related to functional area.  Update technical interconnection requirements for future RFPs.
    • Participates in Company emergency response activities as assigned, including any activities required to prepare for such emergency response.



Knowledge Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Business Administration or related field. Master’s degree in related field preferred.
  • Knowledge of the theories and principles of project management and/or engineering normally acquired through advanced college level courses or equivalent experience.
  • Working knowledge of Renewable Energy technologies, both commercial and emerging, and their utility scale applications.
  • Working knowledge of resource planning, transmission planning, distribution planning, renewable energy planning, and the design, and permitting, and construction of interconnection facilities.  
  • Understanding of various renewable energy technologies and their relative advantages and disadvantages when integrating with utility grids.
  • Working knowledge of utility regulation, PUC investigative dockets, and rate cases.
  • Working knowledge of personal computers, cloud-based and related software applications to include word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, data bases, and project management.
  • Working knowledge of commonly used terms and conditions of contracts and the elements of a contract.
  • Working knowledge of Company budgeting and forecasting systems and procedures.
  • Working knowledge of LEAN continuous improvement principles and best practices to achieve operational excellence.
  • Knowledge of safety principles and best practices to achieve a safe workplace environment.


Skills Requirements

  • Leadership skills and abilities to work with a variety of individuals occasionally dealing with sensitive, difficult or confrontational issues in a professional manner while using tact, courtesy and discretion.
  • Self-starter with the analytical and organizational skills and drive to successfully manage multiple projects with competing priorities and deadlines in a timely and effective manner with minimal day-to-day direction required.
  • Ability to remain flexible in a demanding work environment and to adapt to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to influence and persuade various groups and individuals.
  • Ability to establish long-range outcomes and specify strategies and actions necessary to achieve objectives; ability to analyze risks, benefits and opportunities of strategies.
  • Ability to innovate by searching for new ways to improve existing processes or systems; addresses gaps by creating innovative and unique solutions.
  • Strong written, oral and presentation skills. Strong written skills, including clear, comprehensive, and succinct communications for a wide variety of internal and external audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience with the IRS models and analysis preferable.
  • Experience in preparing and providing testimony  before public agencies, or at governmental or public meetings is desirable, Experience in preparing and providing testimony in a regulatory proceedings of the PUC preferable.
  • Demonstrated analytical and administrative skills required for such tasks as carrying out company/department policies and procedures.
  • Analytical, organizational, and conceptual skills to handle various complex ideas, projects, and programs.
  • Must have or be able to qualify for a State of Hawaii driver’s license. Must meet the standards for frequent or required driving positions stated in the Hiring Standards for Required Driving Positions policy. These standards may be adjusted periodically to meet business and safety objectives.


Experience Requirements

  • Multiple (5-7) years of relevant experience in the utility industry including project management, supervision of a project management, engineering, planning, design or operations group.
  • Project Management Professional Certification and/or State of Hawaii Professional Engineer License preferred.
  • Several (3-5) years of experience in renewable technology acquisition preferred.
  • A few (1-2) years of experience with design, construction, and start-up of renewable generation and T&D systems preferred.


Role: Professional 

Number of Vacancies: 1 

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday

Work Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Lunch: 30 Minutes

Location: Oahu, Maui, or Hawaii island 

Hiring Range: The hiring range for the Project Manager, Renewable Energy Resources position is 101,500.00 to 131,800.00. The person selected will be placed according to his/her skills and qualifications. The hiring supervisor is SIMEON D POWELL.


About Hawaiian Electric Companies
Hawaiian Electric Companies provide electricity and services to 95 percent of the state's 1.4 million residents. The company is also one of the state's leading employers and a major contributor and supporter of community and educational programs.


The demand for power that has fueled the growth of the Hawaiian Islands has been met by Hawaiian Electric Companies for well over a century. And as the next millennium unfolds, the company is committed to providing quality service and seeking clean local energy sources to power generations of Hawaii families and businesses to come. Visit us at


Interested individuals should apply online. The application must clearly indicate the demonstrated experience/knowledge/skills/abilities the candidate possesses which specifically qualifies him/her for the position.


Should there be no candidates with this experience, the company may consider applicants without such experience who meet the knowledge/skill requirements. If such a candidate is hired, he or she will initially be placed on a development plan commensurate with his/her education and experience level.


Applicant Certification
By submitting an application for the position, candidates:
1. Authorize the Hawaiian Electric Companies to confirm all statements contained in the application and/or any materials submitted and made a part of the application as they relate to the position and to the extent permitted by law;
2. Authorize and consent to, without reservation, the Hawaiian Electric Companies sharing any and all information regarding previous or present employment, educational training or personal information from their records and from any other source with the hiring department or subsidiary company;
3. Release, discharge, and hold harmless, Hawaiian Electric Companies, from any and all liability for any damage which may be claimed as a result of furnishing such information to the hiring department or subsidiary company;
4. Authorizes release and transfer of all personnel records to be maintained by the hiring company in the event of an inter-company transfer; and
5. Authorize, direct, and consent to Hawaiian Electric Companies and/or its authorized agents to conduct investigations into candidates' background. These investigations may include, but are not limited to searches for information about applicants; record of criminal convictions to the extent permitted by law, education records, professional certifications, personal character references, and employment history.


EEO Statement
Hawaiian Electric Companies is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. We actively seek diversity among our employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity/expression), ancestry/national origin, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, or other protected categories in accordance with state and federal laws. We further encourage individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans and women to apply.


Hawaiian Electric Companies complies with Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Any request for reasonable accommodation needed during the application process should be communicated by the candidate to the HR Service Center at (808) 543-4848.


Affiliate Disclaimer
Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Maui Electric Company, and Hawaii Electric Light (“Company”) are Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (“PUC”) regulated companies. The disclosure relating to Affiliate Transaction Requirements that follows is made pursuant to the PUC’s Decision and Order No. 35962, issued on December 19, 2018, and subsequently modified by Order No. 36112, issued on January 24, 2019 in Docket No. 2018-0065.


By submitting your application, you understand and acknowledge that, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate, said Affiliate will be required to make a one-time payment to the Company in an amount equivalent to twenty-five percent (25%) of your base annual compensation.


In addition, if you are hired by the Company and subsequently transferred, assigned or otherwise employed by an Affiliate or an Affiliate-Related Entity, for a period of one year, you cannot appear in negotiations or otherwise interact directly with the Company or work on the same matter that you worked on while with the Company.


Affiliate is defined as “any person or entity that possesses an ‘affiliate interest’ in a utility as defined by section 269-19.5, Hawaii Revised Statutes (“HRS”), including a utility’s parent holding company, except as otherwise provided by HRS section 269-19.5(h).”


Affiliate-Related Entity is defined as “a third party that provides electricity-related services in a regulated utility’s service territory that has a material financial, operational, or ownership interest with an unregulated affiliate of the utility and of whom the utility has reasonable knowledge.”


For a current list of all Affiliates and Affiliate-Related Entities, please see:


This list may be amended, updated or revised from time to time without notice.

Nearest Major Market: Honolulu
Nearest Secondary Market: Hawaii