UK utility solar continues to grow and create jobs

Utility solar plant operator, Lightsource Renewable Energy is doubling its capacity this year, spurring a recruitment drive to fill 100 jobs.

Lightsource is planning to nearly double its capacity from 326MW to 600MW creating 100 new jobs in the solar sector.

The new employees will join the current team of 160 operating 80 utility-scale solar farms, providing clean energy for 100,000 UK homes.

There are 25 positions available now, mainly based in London, Bath and Belfast for engineers, asset managers and office professionals.

Twenty of the open roles now are for engineers managing solar farms. The company is also looking to recruit local farming and landscaping professionals.  

Nick Boyle, CEO of Lightsource said the goal is to have “as many people involved in this positive, low carbon sector as possible. Whether it’s benefiting from land rent, fixed price electricity or working to build the farms, there are opportunities to be part of this exciting change in the UK’s economy".

As part of its recruitment drive and solar educational workshops, Lightsource is embarking on a ‘Solar Roadshow’ this month. Further employment details, or any other questions on solar can be found at the numerous roadshows.

The first roadshow workshops are to be held between the 21 and 24 January in Coventry, Hull, Blackpool and Gloucester.

Boyle said the roadshow is part of how Lightsource is “absolutely focused on championing the rural economy and ensuring our schemes both promote the local supply chain and benefit local communities. The solar roadshow is designed to make sure this happens. We encourage anyone with an interest in or curiosity about solar power to drop by".