Since its founding in 2010, Lightsource bp has grown rapidly to become a global market leader in the development, acquisition, and long-term management & operation of solar energy projects. In addition to being a multi-GW developer of utility-scale plants, Lightsource bp has invested heavily in its Asset Services division, that is the internal capabilities required to manage, operate, and optimise a solar site over its lifespan. Long one of the largest Owners and Operators of solar in the UK, LSbp’s Asset Services business is rapidly scaling alongside our development business, now with assets under management in the United States, Spain, and Australia. The LSbp Global Performance & Monitoring team sits within the Asset Services business, acting as the nerve centre through which all asset data flows on a daily basis. The insights generated by the team are disseminated across Lightsource, providing the foundation for data-based decision-making. From a simple decision to dispatch an engineer to site to investigate a fault to deciding to proceed with a multi-million euro site retrofit, the process starts with the Global Performance & Monitoring team. We measure our success by the performance of our international fleet of assets, as well as by the service we provide to our O&M and Asset Management colleagues, in the form of data feeds, reporting, insight generation, and recommendations. The team is seeking to expand, adding a Performance Analyst who will broaden the team’s ability to manage our team’s portfolio of assets under management, expected to exceed 2.4 GW by year-end. The successful candidate will be based in Bath, joining an existing team of eight UK-based colleagues, as well as an additional five Spain-based colleagues.
The role will be focused on asset performance analysis, calculation of KPIs (availability, performance ratios, etc.) and reporting both to be used internally and those delivered to asset owners, financial lenders, and tax equity partners. High rigour in reporting and analytical mindset are required for success in this role. The role will also imply a very close and regular relationship with the UK O&M team and occasionally the Asset Management team in order to communicate to them the underperformance issues found on sites through data analysis, and to track and ensure its resolution on timely manner. The successful candidate will play a role in the mentorship and development of less experienced team members.
Duties and Responsibilities
Calculation of several KPIs and other metrics requested for the solar sites.
Authoring of regular reports on the performance of the sites, including the main KPIs and all the
relevant technical issues and underperformance events that have occurred / are ongoing.
Day-to-day monitoring of site performance via SCADA monitoring system
Day-to-day liaising with O&M Planning team and engineers on site
Responding to alerts and alarms, triaging the issues, and raising tickets to be addressed by the Field teams
Root cause analysis of incidents and issues identified on plants
Engagement with rest of the Global Performance & Monitoring Team in order to track and follow
up on the issues identified until its resolution.
Participation in cross-functional operational huddles, bringing performance data to influence decision-making
Calculation of contractual availability, PR and completion of Grid Compliance analyses for the requested portfolios and/or sites.
Support on the implementation and testing of the company’s new, industry-leading Data Lake and System of Insight (KPI Management, Reporting and Analytics tool).
Support continuous improvement efforts via the development of new tools for streamlining our data analysis and reporting automation (i.e., scripts to automate manual calculations, improve
data manipulation or automate reporting / dashboards)
Must be fluent in spoken and written English
Must be an advanced user of Microsoft Excel (incl. VBA)
Must be able to work with large datasets and be comfortable querying datasets
Must have experience with solar monitoring platforms (e.g., InAccess, GPM, etc.)
Python, R, SQL and/or other programming skills are an asset
Automated data visualisation & communication experience (e.g., Power BI, Tableau) will be considered an asset
Possesses an analytical mind, keen to identify and solve problems
Excellent written and verbal communications skills – able to go beyond just presenting data to pull out key insights
Able to manage interaction with internal and external stakeholders
Relentless attention to detail and drive to produce quality work
Organisation and work ethic to deliver against critical deadlines
Possesses a mindset of continuous improvement, always looking for opportunities to improve,
both as an individual and a team
Is a team player but also able to work independently
Passionate about renewables and the energy transition
Basic principles of electricity generation
Key photovoltaic (PV) plant components and methods of operation
Understanding of how to approach performance analysis of PV plants and calculation of
parameters such as PR, Availability, etc.
Experience with performance reporting for solar assets
Basic data flows underlying SCADA and monitoring systems
Experience working in the solar or renewables industry, preferably in a performance analysis and
reporting capacity within Asset Management or O&M
Demonstrable experience of improving the performance of solar plants through data
Education and Qualifications
Degree in Renewable Energy, Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics; or, Foundation Degree (eg,
FdA, FdSc), Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) related with Renewable Energy or/and data