Why do I need a Developer?
Why is the "Developer" or "Process Manager" Role Needed?
- While the value of the "developer" role is well recognized in the development of real estate projects, where the developer is often an in-house subset of the project owner, the developer concept and recognition of his/her value hasn't migrated to Distributed Energy projects
- A developer develops value by assuring the resolution of critical tasks (planned and unplanned) and the achievement of milestones in order to get the project built and operating
- The party with the greatest investment, or the most to lose, is most in need of a developer
- A developer brings the objective "generalists" perspective of a business person concerned with the economic, technical and operational validity of a project
- Engineers, lawyers, bankers, construction managers, etc. do not typically have the generalists perspective nor the willingness to manage the development process (nor are they are paid to do so)
- Even if they had these skills, their respective organization and mission is specific to their particular line of business, not the development of a distributed energy project and they have ongoing "conflicts of interest" to others involved in the project