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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 for the Americas

Kevin has over 30 years of experience in conventional and renewable energy sectors, building projects in more than a dozen countries across five continents. Prior to joining Lightsource BP, 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 previously served in senior executive positions at Invenergy LLC, Insight Energy, Rolls-Royce Power Ventures, and Indeck Energy Services. Kevin 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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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.

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Stephen Barnes

Vice President, Projects and Construction

Stephen joined Lightsource BP in 2019. His 25+ years of experience developing high performing teams to deliver complex projects means 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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Omar Martino

Vice President, Interconnection

Omar joined Lightsource BP in early 2019, bringing with him 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.