Our growth story
From kilowatts to gigawatts in 10 years
Lightsource bp was founded as Lightsource Renewable Energy in 2010. We began as a small UK start-up, formed of six people, with a plan to deploy retail investment into solar energy projects. Although our entry into the UK energy market was fairly late, our ‘finance first’ approach propelled Lightsource to become the UK’s largest solar energy company in just a year – investing in and delivering many of the country’s first utility-scale solar projects accounting for around 20% of UK utility-scale solar to date.
Despite years of regulatory changes and uncertainty faced by the UK solar industry, Lightsource remained resilient. As well as supporting the growth of a significant, local, large-scale solar market, we pioneered industry best practices in community engagement, biodiversity management plans and operations and maintenance services.
In 2015, we began exploring international business opportunities across Europe, the Americas and Asia. In 2017, we announced our partnership with bp, rebranding to Lightsource bp and setting out our shared mission to accelerate the deployment of solar power across the world. Although our business has rapidly evolved over the last 12 years, and the size of our projects have grown from kilowatts to gigawatts, the constant driver of success remains our team and growing a culture of inclusiveness and belonging. Watch this video to find out how Lightsource has changed over 10 years and what some of our team members have to say.
Accelerating the world’s transition to a low-carbon energy future
In December 2017, we announced our partnership with global energy company bp and rebranded to Lightsource bp. We recognised bp as the right partner to support and enable our growth ambitions. This partnership swiftly grew to a 50:50 joint venture in just two years, and has propelled Lightsource bp to grow at pace and scale across the world.
Alongside our own success, we are also excited to be a partner in bp’s transformation from an international oil company to an integrated energy company. Watch the video to find out more about bp’s net zero ambitions and renewable energy goals.
Find out more about our partnership: Lightsource and bp celebrate five-year anniversary
25 gigawatts by 2025
Lightsource bp recognises the urgent need for our world to decarbonise and that utility-scale solar projects play a vital role in creating local, affordable and sustainable energy supply. To demonstrate our commitment and drive, we recently announced a bold and world leading ambition – to develop 25 gigawatts of solar power worldwide by 2025.
As a business we’re focussed on enabling a rapid energy transition. Through our responsible solar development initiatives, we are progressing projects that go beyond solar to realise local biodiversity, agriculture and many other economic benefits.
Find out more about our solar projects.
Empowering regional leadership
In the last 5 years, Lightsource bp has grown exponentially across EMEA, the Americas and APAC. Our solar project development capability, business operations, power marketing and community relations initiatives are all realised through our regional leadership and team members. In some of our more progressed markets, Lightsource bp has received recognition as a leading regional solar developer. Watch this video to find out more from our team in the US, recently ranked #2 Solar Developer in America.
Our culture and people
Driving Lightsource bp is a team of over 1000 people, working right across the world. Visit the page below to see more about our culture, values, and what makes us shine.
Find out how we’re helping communities around the world
Join Lightsource bp
Choose a career where you are empowered to change the world! If you are passionate about accelerating the energy transition, and looking to join a global collaboration of team members focused on delivering sustainable power, visit our careers page to find out more about working at Lightsource bp.