World-class solar development

Lightsource is a global leader in the funding, development and long-term operation of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects. We are shifting the mindset of conventional energy use and generation through our big picture, blue sky thinking. Scope and reach must be part of the global shift to bring renewable energy into the mainstream, and that’s where we excel: ambitious, innovative projects designed to change the future of how energy is sourced and used.

What sets us above the rest of the new world energy landscape is one undeniable advantage: control. We offer a better, cheaper, more secure choice of energy generation. The predictability of our approach to global energy is a win-win proposition: low-cost, reliable, bespoke solutions that don’t cost the earth, literally.

At our core we have always excelled as a utility-scale solar project developer, with incredibly strong in-house planning and development capabilities.

1.3GW developed and operated

212 utility-scale projects completed since 2010

65 projects completed and
£1.1 billion invested in 2015 alone

£2.2 billion deployed into solar assets since 2010

Structured Finance

The innovative way in which we finance our projects and our unique relationships with funders is what sets us apart from the rest of the industry. Lightsource has received investments from a variety of financiers, which has enabled us to develop and construct assets effectively and efficiently at a pace that supports our ambitious development targets. Unlike our competitors, we’re not just the planner, developer, operator, and manager, we’re the owner too.

In keeping with the Lightsource approach across all sectors of the company, we maintain an entire team of structured finance professionals in-house, overseeing our relationships with banks and other institutions in the market.

Lightsource has a significant track record of raising debt in both the bank and institutional markets, including arranging over £1.1 billion in 2015. In the same year, we also issued the first ever sterling, benchmark-size solar bond and the largest ever sterling renewables bond. These achievements stand testament to the company’s strength and aptitude in challenging times.

Featured Projects

Thames Water: QE2 Reservoir

Europe’s biggest ever floating solar panel array has been installed by Lightsource Renewable Energy on London’s Queen Elizabeth II reservoir as part of Thames Water’s ambitious bid to self-generate...

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Belfast International Airport: Crookedstone Road

Lightsource Renewable Energy, Europe’s leading solar energy company, has developed and connected Northern Ireland’s first ever large-scale solar farm. This pioneering renewable energy project is also the first ground...

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Promens Packaging

Formerly the UK’s largest, this roof-top solar installation at Promens Packaging, North Suffolk, is playing a major role in highlighting the importance of solar energy in the UK’s future...

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Dunsfold Park Solar Farm

Best known as home to the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ race track, Dunsfold Park is attracting interest as the first business park in Surrey to be powered entirely by ‘green...

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AmeyCespa: Chittering Solar Farm

Chittering Solar Farm in Cambridgeshire is comprised of over 20,000 solar panels for a total installed capacity of 5MW. This large scale solar farm generates up to 4552MWh annually,...

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Bentley Motors

Over 20,000 solar panels with a capacity of over 5MW have been fixed to the roof of Bentley’s factory in Crewe, making use of 3.45 hectares of roof space which...

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