A career by accident, Kate's Story
Joined 2012, UK – I fell into the solar industry by accident – I was looking for a temporary job to save up to travel and volunteer with a sustainable charity. I was offered an admin role in Lightsource bp’s Belfast office shortly after it opened, and I quickly realised two things that remain true to this day. Not only is the company a great place to work, but that the solar industry provides a great career opportunity. I decided to throw everything I had into making a career here at the company, and to this day I’m really glad I did.
When anyone asks what is my favourite part of working for Lightsource bp, I give them two answers. Firstly, it’s the satisfaction you get, knowing that each project completed is adding a little bit of good in the world, and your role really makes a difference (cheesy I know!). The other is the “solar-coaster” as we often call it. No day or project is ever the same and that keeps me on my toes.
At Lightsource bp, adaptability is key. I could spend one day writing an investment committee paper, the next liaising with suppliers and contractors, and the day after that out on site, wading through knee-high mud with a prospective solar landlord. I’ve worked on countless projects in the UK in my years at the company, and I can easily say that every single one has been different, with different challenges.
Kate Johnston, Head of Asset Development, UK
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21 Nov, 2023
Lightsource bp deepens involvement with Solar Energy UK
We're broadening our commitment to Solar Energy UK, the UK’s established solar trade association, working for and representing the entire solar and energy storage value chain.
16 Nov, 2023
Here’s what the electrical grid of the future looks like
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14 Nov, 2023
Showcasing our knowledge at Solar & Storage Live 2023
Lightsource bp's presence at Solar & Storage Live 2023 was an opportunity to connect with our partners, exchange knowledge, and showcase innovation to other industry leaders.
27 Sep, 2023
Lightsource bp secures 50MW in UK renewables auction (CFDs)
Lightsource bp has secured 50MW in the latest UK Contracts for Difference (CFD) auction.
21 Sep, 2023
Farmers Weekly Award nominees visit Lightsource bp UK solar farm
This week, Lightsource bp welcomed two of the three Ag Student of the Year nominees to our 5MWp Manor Farm Eggington solar project.
18 Sep, 2023
New plans unveiled for Maldon solar project proposal
Lightsource bp will be outlining their proposal to fund, develop and build a 49.9MW solar project near Maldon, Essex
24 Aug, 2023
Inspiring the future – students tour Welsh solar farm
Last week we welcomed students from the AFS Innovators programme to our Maes Bach solar farm in South Wales, for a whistle-stop tour of the world of ground-mount solar.
14 Aug, 2023
New video: virtual tour of a UK solar farm
Take a virtual tour of our 4.9MWp Ibstock Brick solar project, which provides the local brick manufacturer with 30% of their annual electricity needs.
09 Aug, 2023
Giving back to local communities via sponsorship of Fishguard & Goodwick RFC
Lightsource bp, developers of the local Langton solar project, are proud to be a new sponsor of the Fishguard and Goodwick RFC.
26 Jul, 2023
Supporting farming at the Energy & Farm Diversification Show
Lightsource bp was a proud sponsor of the Energy & Farm Diversification Show, held at Gurteen College in Co. Tipperary last week.