Italy’s solar and storage markets have seen impressive growth in recent years, thanks to ambitious climate and energy targets pushed forward by its previous government.
The country currently produces over a third of its electricity from renewables. And despite uncertainty caused by the recent political transition, there are signs that the new government in Rome will aim to lower greenhouse gas emissions, create jobs and boost the economy through clean growth. It’s hoped that the previous government’s aim to generate 30% total energy consumption and 55% of electricity generation from renewables will also remain a priority for the incoming administration.
“Solar and storage capacity in Italy is growing and the forecast is for this trend to continue,” says Claudia Cataldo, our Italian solar market specialist.
“Growth in solar wasn’t hugely impacted by the pandemic and the market is expected to grow 7% year-on-year until at least 2027. And commercial and industrial energy storage capacity is increasing: there are several large projects coming online in 2023 and 2024. The direction of travel should ease some of the concerns that exist around grid flexibility and energy security. It’s a really exciting time to get involved in the market here – it’s growing all the time.”
Taylor Hopkinson is working with three leading solar and storage companies to fill several key roles across Italy. These strategically important positions include General Manager, Heads of Development, Project Developers, Grid Connection Managers and Land Origination Managers.
This is an exciting opportunity for both experienced and junior solar and storage professionals who are looking to develop and grow within a fast-moving industry with huge potential.
Read on to find out more about the roles and how to apply.
New solar and storage vacancies in Italy
Grid Connection Manager
One of the world’s leading solar developers is looking for a Grid Connection Manager to ensure successful grid connection deliveries on its pipeline of utility-scale projects. Managing grid code compliance throughout the entire development process, you’ll create and maintain strong relationships with stakeholders ranging from TSOs to EPCs and HV/MV contractors. You’ll review, negotiate, and develop the designs for grid connections, and offer grid intelligence as well as novel grid connection techniques. Extensive technical experience and knowledge of HV and MV connection work, as well as a degree in electrical power systems or comparable qualification, are essential.
Head of Development
The Head of Development will oversee the entire development lifecycle, leveraging prior experience to secure a diverse set of stakeholders as well as contributing significantly to pipeline and business activities. Delivering key environmental, technical, and commercial aspects, you will guide projects to successful completion on time and on-budget. An exciting opportunity to take up a leadership role at one of Europe’s fastest-growing companies.
A varied, senior role, the General Manager will lead development teams and projects to conduct and secure a solar pipeline across Italy. The scope of this position ranges from defining the overall strategy and budget for Italy, managing the growth and development of the team, and overseeing all aspects of utility-scale renewable projects. Demonstrable experience in a similar role, preferably in the Italian market, and experience developing and managing complex, high-performing teams are a must.
We’re working on two Project Developer positions – one in solar energy, one in energy storage – for our client, one of Europe’s fastest-growing renewables companies. Both positions will oversee the entire project development process, from site selection to financial close, leading negotiations, assessing new business opportunities, and maintaining impeccable compliance standards throughout. Extensive experience managing stakeholders, a deep understanding of land and site management issues, and a commercial mindset are essential for both roles.
Land Origination Manager
As its pipeline grows throughout Italy, our client is looking for two experienced Land Origination Managers. This role will identify new sites and lead successful negotiations for the efficient delivery of new utility-scale projects. Maintaining a strong working relationship with stakeholders will be a key responsibility to aid the success of negotiations. These position are based in Rome, but remote options will also be considered.