Lightsource bp ranked #2 utility-scale solar developer in the U.S.

Announced by Solar Power World in their 2023 Top Solar Developers list 

Solar Power World has recognized Lightsource bp’s growth and success in developing utility-scale solar projects across the United States by ranking the company at No. 2 on the 2023 Top Solar Developers list, for the second year in a row.

The Top Solar Contractors list is developed each year by industry magazine Solar Power World to honor the work of companies advancing new solar installations in the United States. Solar firms in the utility, commercial and residential markets are ranked by number of kilowatts installed in the previous year. Companies are grouped and listed by specific services, markets and states. Lightsource bp is ranked at No. 2 in the nation. 

In 2022 alone, the Lightsource bp team in the USA brought 622 megawatts of projects into commercial operation, the benchmark for this year’s top solar developer ranking. That’s enough to power more than 100,000 U.S. homes.  

“Renewable energy accounts for a quarter of U.S. electrical generation, now far exceeding electricity produced by burning coal,” said Kelsey Misbrener, managing editor of Solar Power World. “Solar power is an important member of that renewable makeup, and companies on the Top Solar Contractors List are all contributing to our country’s shift to cleaner electricity.” 

“Hands down, the key to our success has been our people,” commented Kevin Christy, Lightsource bp’s Head of Innovation & Operational Excellence, Americas. “I joined the team six years ago to help launch Lightsource’s U.S. business. In those days, we were a few people working around a table in San Francisco. Now we are almost 300 strong across America, with four offices and a sizeable remote workforce, part of a broader team of a thousand Lightsource bp professionals around the world.” 

Kevin continued, “Since the early days, our collective passion to take solar nationwide to help tackle the climate crisis, along with our team spirit, has fueled our success. Thanks to the team’s dedication and diverse expertise, Lightsource bp has made its mark as a leader in America’s utility-scale solar market in a relatively short amount of time. We have developed over 3.2 gigawatts of solar projects that are now in operation or construction across the U.S. and we’ve raised more than $4.2 billion in financing to advance our U.S. project portfolio. Our current pipeline of projects in development exceeds 20 gigawatts across 30 states.” 

About Lightsource bp 

Lightsource bp is a global leader in the development and management of solar energy and energy storage projects and a 50:50 joint venture with bp. For more than a decade, Lightsource bp has delivered affordable, safe and sustainable energy to businesses and communities around the world. Their team includes more than 1,000 industry experts, working in 19 countries, providing full scope development for projects, from initial site selection, financing and permitting to long-term management of solar projects and energy sales to their customers. Lightsource bp in the U.S. is headquartered in San Francisco with development offices in Denver, Austin and Philadelphia. For more information visit www.lightsourcebp.com/us 

About Solar Power World  

Solar Power World is the leading online and print resource for news and information regarding solar installation, development and technology. Since 2011, SPW has helped U.S. solar contractors — including installers, developers and EPCs in all markets — grow their businesses and do their jobs better. 

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