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Senior Electrical LV Engineer

About Lightsource bp


Lightsource bp (LSbp) is a global leader in the development and management of solar energy projects. We are a 50:50 joint venture with bp with a mission to help drive the world’s transition to low carbon energy.

Our goal is to play a vital role in shaping the future of global energy delivery with a global growth strategy of developing 25GW of solar by 2025.


With solar set to increase tenfold in the next 20 years, we are well-positioned to capitalize on this growth. By joining the Lightsource bp team, you will ‘be the change’ on the world’s energy transition to a more sustainable future.

We pride ourselves on our entrepreneurial spirit as we continue to push the boundaries of an ever-changing energy landscape. By choosing a career with us, you can expect a challenging and fulfilling role surrounded by people who are passionate and have brilliant ideas about sustainable technology, innovation and making the world a better place.


What You’ll do (the role)



This role will be one of our Subject Matter Experts in the LSbp Engineering Centre of Excellence (ECE).

The successful candidate will join a diverse and dynamic team who support the existing global solar portfolio, as well as support growth by performing technical and commercial assessment of Electrical systems for PV Assets, including MV and HV Substations, across each of the various stages of a Solar PV project: development, design, construction and commissioning, as well as in operation stage upon request.


Close coordination with Procurement, Construction, Asset Services, Grid, IT, Digitalization, Quality and Innovation teams are key tasks for this Global role.


Duties and responsibilities


Engineering Support

  • Continuous improvement of Functional Technical Specifications, Standards, Certifications, Digital files, and Data Sheets for Electrical Equipment’s and Electrical Systems, including scope of supply, technical and QA/QC requirements, design requirements, H&S guidelines, etc.
  • Support technically the Project Development and Project Acquisition processes including the review of design proposals and third-party reports on electrical matters.
  • Support the contractual negotiation with EPC regarding technical areas such as electrical engineering, equipment specifications, testing, ...
  • Support on LV/MV electrical technical analysis PMs during construction period, Works Completion, PAC and FAC;
  • Support the elaboration of PV plant Basic Design (SLDs), PV array sizing and optimization process
  • Conduct PV plant electrical equipment technical review and specification including PV modules, inverters, protection equipment, cables and up to some extend switchgears, transformers and other MV/HV equipment.
  • Conduct calculations and design review related with the PV plant electrical design, including equipment sizing and configuration, PV plant earthing system and electrical protection analysis.
  • Maintain and optimize PV plant minimum technical specifications for all LV/MV electrical related equipment and works involved in the constructions of a PV plant.
  • Support technically the AM and O&M activity of the projects, with focus on fault analysis and trouble shooting
  • Manage and coordination of external consultants to complete the internal assessments
  • Undertake site visits internationally to ensure to evaluate technically the quality of the PV plant at different stages of the project, from construction to operation.
  • Development of tools and procedure for ensuring consistency, quality and maximum level of optimization of the electrical design on PV plants
  • Support the internal revision of SCADA architectural design, metering compliance, project requirements compliance, LSbp’s data acquisition requirements, as well as electrical designs for SCADA systems.


Procurement and Business Support

  • Release periodic Electrical suppliers White List acceptable to LSbp,
  • Monitor supply market’s contractor pool, technology, innovation, risks and cost trends regularly,
  • Identify supplier development and improvement opportunities in coordination with Procurement, Digitalization and Asset Services teams,
  • Conduct the technical review of Electrical Design in tendering projects or portfolio of projects in alignment with relevant stakeholders like Procurement, Legal, Construction, Grid and Asset Services to ensure best value for LSbp,
  • Work with Procurement department to negotiate supply contracts with vendors,
  • Cooperate with Grid team to properly specify every project particular requirement on grid code compliance


Construction Support

  • Ensure that Electrical equipment’s have been designed, installed, tested and commissioned as per company requirements to meet QSE, Utility and any competent Authority requirements, in close coordination with Construction, Asset Services, Digitalization and IT teams,
  • Coordinate with IT team’s consultants and subcontractors for network security deliverables, testing, budgets, and system completion,


Asset Services Support

  • Support the Asset Services teams throughout the life of the facility to maintain reliability of the PV Asset on the grid, as well as ongoing support to critical Electrical issues and configuration,
  • Support in the contract negotiation for the asset management related services,


Who we’re looking for  


Knowledge & Experience

  • Working knowledge of engineering, construction and commissioning of MV substations and MV/LV equipment including switchgear, transformers, protections, underground/OH lines and other MV/LV equipment’s.
  • Experience in power systems for conventional or renewable installations, including MV/HV reactive power compensation equipment’s.
  • Experience of electrical system design and familiarity with latest electrical related calculation methodologies for LV/MV equipment such as AC/DC cables, grounding and earthing design, protections calculation, reactive power compensation & battery banks.
  • Familiarity with HV/EHV substation designs, technologies (AIS/GIS), HV equipment’s, SLD’s, Layout configurations and control and protection systems.
  • Familiarity with storage system technologies and strategies for renewable applications.
  • Familiarity with SCADA systems.
  • Strong working knowledge on IEC regulations and standards.
  • Familiarity with IEEE, ANSI, NEMA, NFPA, NEC standards is a plus.
  • Familiarity with grid codes in different US jurisdictions, Australia, UK, Spain, Portugal, Greece, Italy, .., grid connection applications, agreements, offers and PPA’s.
  • Experience of electrical power systems modelling. Experience in detail electrical system design using specialized calculation software such as, ETAP, Digsilent, Cymcap, XGSLab or similar.
  • On site experience during project construction, commissioning test and operation of large renewable generation installations, preferably for PV plants.
  • Strong computer skills, including familiarity with web-based systems and software tools, including MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) and Database Management software (such as Access).
  • Experience in a similar role is a key advantage.
  • Extensive experience in the electrical power systems industry.
  • Significant amount of professional experience in technical roles in the electrical marketplace or equivalent, preferably in the power generation industry.
  • Strong interest in renewable energy.
  • International working experience or in projects globally, both in projects under IEC and ANSI standards.


Why you’ll make a great member of the team


Personal & Work Skills

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to discuss complex situations with others both in person and remotely. Fluent English spoken and written. Additional languages is a plus.
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail to identify root cause technical issues.
  • Efficiency in managing multi-disciplinary tasks.
  • Strategic thinking abilities.
  • Flexible, reliable, assertive, consistent & with a “can do” attitude.
  • Forward thinking, a problem solver and solution provider (solution oriented)
  • Able to promote a positive working culture within the team and in a cross-functional areas role
  • Team player, Self-starter, self-motivated and self-confident.
  • Present yourself with integrity, credibility and professionalism.
  • Ability to prioritize and great manager of time.
  • Driving license and availability to travel.



  • Degree or master’s degree in electrical / power engineering.


Why you’ll want to work for us


Our company is a place where you can be yourself and grow; a place where your ideas and opinions matter.


Be you

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive community, where every individual is valued and treated with respect.

Be responsible

Our culture is driven by our core values. From operating safely to ensuring our solar projects are responsible and promote biodiversity. 

Be recognized

Alongside a competitive salary, we offer a variety of benefits.

Be inspired

Beyond your day-to-day working life at Lightsource bp, there’s a variety of initiatives that will contribute to your own personal development. Initiatives to get involved with including our charitable causes, supporting our solar honey project or our sustainability initiatives.

Our Core Values

Lightsource bp truly cares about creating a sustainable future through safe, responsible and meaningful low carbon energy projects. Our core values of Safety, Integrity, Respect, Sustainability and Drive are the guiding principles for

everything we do.