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.

Meet the team

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Kevin Smith

CEO Americas

Kevin leads expansion of the company’s solar activities across the Americas, a key region for Lightsource bp’s ambitious plans to help drive the global energy transition. Kevin has broad expertise in the energy industry, with over 30 years of experience in both conventional and renewable energy sectors, and the last 15 years pioneering solar and wind. He has developed and built energy projects in more than a dozen countries across five continents, while securing long-term electricity sales contracts exceeding $55 billion. Kevin has held CEO and senior executive positions with diverse energy companies including SolarReserve, Invenergy, Insight Energy, Rolls-Royce Power Ventures, and 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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David Revelt

US General Counsel

David has over 20 years of experience as a corporate and transactional attorney, the last 10 of which have been focused in the U.S. solar and storage markets. Prior to joining Lightsource bp, David was a partner at Alston & Bird LLP and previously worked as the director of development for a small solar company in southern California. David attended college at Yale, law school at Stanford, and has a PhD in economics from UC Berkeley. David has closed hundreds of transactions of all sizes and provides a commercial focus to enhance the rapid growth and development of Lightsource bp.

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Emilie Wangerman

Vice President, Business Development

Emilie brings broad energy industry experience to Lightsource bp. Emilie has over 8 years of experience in power markets and energy policy, on both the buy and sell side of solar, storage, and distributed energy resources (DERs), as well as experience with generation and electric system operations and utility rate design, which is complemented by her background in technology development and process engineering. Prior to Lightsource bp, Emilie worked at Pacific Gas and Electric (“PG&E”), GE Renewable Energy, Corning, and Intel Corporation. Emilie has received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, as well as a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.

Stephen Barnes

Vice President, Projects

Stephen brings 25+ years of experience developing high performing teams to deliver complex projects to Lightsource bp, meaning he is perfectly placed to take on the role of Vice President of Projects and Construction. Stephen is an accomplished construction and energy industry executive with two decades of commercial construction and general contracting experience. Prior to joining Lightsource bp, Stephen held roles at SunPower and Origis Energy and contributed to the completion of 2GW of projects across both North and South America. He has a strong track record developing and implementing financial, schedule and risk management project controls systems required to design, engineer and construct complex technical projects.

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Simms Duncan

Vice President, Project Finance and M&A

Simms leads the Project Finance function throughout the Americas. He has over 10 years of experience in senior positions in the solar industry including Vice President of Project Finance for Hanwha Q CELLS (now 174 Power Global) and Managing Director of Corporate Development at Applied Materials. Most recently, at a solar and storage startup, Simms led the industry’s first arm’s length financing of an integrated solar and storage Power Purchase Agreement project with a Tier-1 infrastructure investor. Before beginning his business career, Simms flew carrier-based jets for the US Navy. Simms holds an MBA from Stanford University and a BS and MS in Aerospace Engineering from the US Naval Academy.

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Alyssa Edwards

Vice President Environmental Affairs and Government Relations

Alyssa is a leader in environmental policy for the renewable energy sector with over 14 years of experience managing environmental and regulatory compliance for grid scale wind and solar energy projects. Her expert knowledge of wildlife regulations, permitting and sitting issues that impact renewable energy development, construction and operation have helped advance more than 6GW of executed projects. Alyssa has highly established governmental agency and stakeholder relationships regionally and nationally and has served on a number of advisory councils, committees and boards. Prior to joining Lightsource bp Alyssa was Environmental Director at EDF Renewables, implementing a portfolio wide permitting and compliance strategy. Alyssa received bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Lehigh University and a master’s degree in Environmental Policy, Planning and Regulation from The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Omar Martino

Vice President, Interconnection

Omar has over 15 years of experience in the US electricity and energy markets. During his extensive career, Omar has personally overseen the execution of over 10,000MW in interconnection agreements for renewable projects across the US. He has a deep understanding of interconnection and transmission including market risk, PROMOD modeling and RTO/FERC regulatory policies. Prior to joining Lightsource bp, Omar was the Sr. Director of Transmission Strategy at EDF Renewables responsible for managing all national aspects and issues related to transmission for EDF Renewable Energy’s wind and solar pipeline of projects. He has previously held transmission planning roles with Terra-Gen Power, RES Americas, Public Service Company of Colorado, and Exponential Engineering Company.

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Aaron Chavez

HR Business Partner, Americas

Aaron oversees the employee journey for the Americas, from recruiting and acquisition to employee growth and retention. With over a decade of human resources experience, Aaron loves creating an environment where people can do their best work. Aaron has worked in varying industries such as government contracting, education management, and technology. His experience includes employee relations, acquisitions, project management, leadership development and change management. Aaron has worked with companies as small as 50 employees and as large as 10,000. No matter the size or industry, Aaron says people want to feel a connection to their work, organization, and leaders. Aaron has a bachelors degree in human resource management from Weber State University and is certified as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR).