life at natural power

Danielle Burns

Senior project manager

What does your role entail?

As a senior project manager focusing on solar and energy storage, my role is to perform all facets of project management, including managing project timelines, schedules, scopes of work and budgets; communicating with internal staff and clients; and ensuring that our work products meet or exceed expectations. I also specialize in the evaluation of renewable energy contracts, and I review solar and wind energy contracts as part of my role, including offtake agreement, EPC contracts, O&M agreements, hedge agreements and asset management agreements.

 

What does your day typically consist of?

My day consists of a collection of independent work, collaboration with colleagues and meetings with clients. I also perform a mix of project management and technical work within my day. Overall, it’s a nice variety.

 

What do you enjoy most about your role?

I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues to identify solutions to ever-changing renewable energy problems. Many people would probably find this less-than-exciting, but I also really enjoy reviewing renewable energy contracts!

 

How did you get into your roll in the first place?

I started in the consulting industry over 10 years ago. Although I’ve had a variety of different roles during that time, I found that renewable energy consulting — especially solar — was really where my passion is. I also really enjoy project management. My role as a senior project manager at Natural Power is really a perfect position for me.

 

What is the most interesting project you have worked on and why?

I really enjoy working on distributed generation-scale portfolios of solar projects because these portfolios represent a variety of offtakers, installation contractors, geographies and installation types. We are reviewing a 500+ MW portfolio of 149 solar assets on behalf of one client, and the economies of scale that we were able to provide allows for funding of the assets when the project achieves key milestones.

 

What is your biggest achievement at work?

My biggest achievement during my time at Natural Power has been learning more about wind energy. My existing knowledge base was largely limited to solar energy, but I have since learned a lot about wind energy contracting, including the similarities to and differences from solar energy contracts.