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Powering Local Communities

America’s energy landscape is transforming. Customers are seeking access to clean, local power sources, and rapidly decreasing technology costs have ushered in a new era of cost-effective renewable energy solutions. Solar PV is uniquely positioned to capitalize on this transformation due to its scalability, predictability and swift deployment timelines.

As a trusted solar partner to communities, landowners, utilities and corporations, Lightsource BP plays a central role in championing opportunities for the rural economy. Solar is a truly local business, and we are in it for the long haul. We build strong relationships with all project stakeholders and commit to maximizing positive community impact as we develop, finance, construct and operate our projects.

With offices located throughout North America, our team offers decades of experience delivering clean power projects and structuring value-positive transactions.

Working with BP

Lightsource BP is a strategic partnership formed in 2018 between solar veterans Lightsource Renewable Energy and the global energy giant BP. Each a leader in our respective fields, this alliance was inspired by the recognition of a shared mission: to accelerate low-carbon energy access for communities world-wide.

Solar is the fastest growing new energy technology, and we believe that our combined resources and expertise can achieve an outsized impact. Together we are pioneering new products and strategies to increase the competitiveness of solar and storage projects. Leveraging the full range of BP’s vast resources, our capabilities also include market-leading expertise in structured power products.

As utilities and customers across America contemplate energy market transformation, Lightsource BP strives to be the partner of choice designing a solar solution that can work for you.

A leadership team with a proven track record

The Lightsource BP North America executive team has decades of experience in the US solar market and a proven track record in developing, financing, constructing and operating utility-scale solar and storage projects. The leadership team has negotiated and developed over a Gigawatt of solar pipeline and driven the commercialization of energy storage in the US market. The team looks at new ways to utilize cutting edge technologies and financial solutions that help more Americans benefit from solar’s potential.

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Kevin Smith

CEO for the Americas

Kevin joined Lightsource BP with over 30 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, in more than a dozen countries across five continents. Prior to joining Lightsource, he was CEO and one of the founding executives at California-based SolarReserve, where he drove the company’s global expansion and commercialization of their proprietary solar energy storage technology. He has also previously served as Senior Vice President at Invenergy LLC, President of Insight Energy, Chief Operating Officer of London-based Rolls-Royce Power Ventures, and Vice President - General Manager of Indeck Energy Services. He earned his MBA in Finance from the University of Chicago and his Mechanical Engineering degree from Purdue University.

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Kevin Christy

COO North America

Kevin, who brings on board over 15 years of senior management experience in the US solar sector, says Lightsource BP’s entrepreneurial, innovative spirit inspired him to join. He oversees the development, construction and operation of solar farm projects in North America. Previously, Kevin was co-founder of utility-scale PV developer Axio Power, helping to build the company from a lean start-up to a major utility-scale player, going on to lead portfolio development and plant operations & maintenance with SunEdison.

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Katherine Ryzhaya

CCO North America

Katherine brings to Lightsource BP a deep understanding of US power markets and a history of driving utility-scale power project origination and execution. She leads North America business development, targeting opportunities where solar and storage offer the best economic proposition for power purchasers. Katherine previously co-founded Advanced Microgrid Solutions, helping to grow the company from start-up to energy storage market leader in a few short years. She also has prior experience leading power procurement for Pacific Gas & Electric and running the Western Power Markets desk for Evolution Markets.

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Laurie Mazer

Vice President, Development

Laurie brings 14 years of hands-on wind and solar energy development experience to the Lightsource BP team. She leads the North American development team and enjoys working with the dynamic, innovative team on all aspects of successful energy project development including real estate, interconnection, feasibility analysis, environmental and permitting issues, and contract negotiation. She most recently lead the east coast distributed generation development team for SunEdison and before that was a developer for numerous wind energy companies.