Program management provides full suite of services to advance renewable energy projects

The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has stimulated the renewable energy industry like never before. While the future is bright, the projects required to reach both private and public sector goals are growing more complex and multi-faceted. Development in 2023 and beyond requires diligence in the now, with a consistent eye on the future for what’s next. Very few consultants offer the capabilities to take a project from start to finish, considering the unique differences involved for each market.

Atwell has launched a comprehensive approach for clients with this specifically in mind: a strategic focus through complete program management. Atwell Program Management encompasses the full suite of development services with a consultative approach toward project execution. These services include GIS, prospecting, land solutions, environmental studies and permitting, surveying, construction management and continued support as projects evolve. Atwell Program Management not only assists in identifying problems before they arise, but also ensures that projects adhere to budgets while safeguarding against delays in project delivery. The rigorous process of risk assessment, progress assessment, and risk mitigation ensures both short-term and long-term success.

By working closely with Atwell’s Program Management team, clients avoid the silos and disconnections that often arise when working across markets. This sets Atwell apart from others – we’re a team that is not focused on just one specific task (land, environmental, interconnection), but is instead focused on the entire strategic development. Our priority is reducing complications and disconnects to ensure needs are not only met but anticipated. Program Management provides clients with a continued source of support as development advances and the type of work transitions.

Courtney Schmidt, Senior Director of Program Management shares, “Program management services are integral to the renewable energy industry’s success due to the multiple technologies involved. Wind, solar, and battery storage are all part of the landscape, with each carrying its own challenges and objectives. To ensure successful development and maximize cost savings, program management services provide governance and oversight across complex projects. These services not only assist in the identification of problems before they arise, but also function as a check-and-balance to ensure projects adhere to the budget and safeguard against delays in project delivery.”

Atwell’s Program Management team plays a crucial role in identifying and solving issues during development. The team brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the table, with a deep understanding of the market and the ever-evolving complexities in project development. They collaborate closely with clients and other stakeholders to identify and mitigate risks, such as permitting challenges, environmental concerns, or interconnection issues. Additionally, they bring a strategic perspective to a company’s program, helping to optimize a project design and layout, negotiate contracts with suppliers and contractors, and work to develop financing solutions. This team helps ensure projects are developed efficiently, cost-effectively, and to the highest standards of quality, while delivering maximum value to the client.

Now more than ever, program management is essential in the renewable energy industry due to the constantly changing technologies and complexities. Atwell’s Program Management team enables clients to keep projects on schedule, minimize cost overruns, and comply with applicable regulations. At Atwell, we pride ourselves on our ability to provide clients with the support they need, when they need it, and in a manner that maximizes the benefits available through the IRA.


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