Our Team

Founder and Principal // Stephen Smith 

Managing Partner // Erika Kemp





Stephen Smith, Founder and Principal

In 1997, Stephen graduated with a degree in Renewable Energy Technology and embarked on a career in Solar Energy that has taken him from China to Western Europe.


After 10+ years in the industry, he founded Solvida Energy Group to answer a growing need in the dynamic PV industry – more predictable and effective project execution.


Early in his career, Stephen’s relationships with specialty contractors provided him with a unique ‘bottoms up’ training and hands on installation experience. He later developed core technical project skills as a Project Manager with PowerLight/Sunpower – the largest US commercial solar systems integrator. During his six years with Powerlight he amassed a diverse project portfolio: parking, ground and roof mounts, tracking and fixed arrays.


In 2006, Stephen left Powerlight/SunPower to pursue a leadership role developing and validating High Concentration Photovoltaics (HCPV). He spent just over 3 years with product-oriented start-ups, utilizing his experience in high volume planning and deployment to shape a variety of initial project ventures.


Stephen has participated in more than 100MW of solar projects for a broad range of clients – from Fortune 500 companies to state and federal agencies; universities to utilities.


Stephen spends his free time with his wife and growing family of 3 children and 2 chihuahuas. He enjoys surfing, swimming, and traveling but is just as happy for a quiet moment on the couch with the latest PHOTON Magazine.

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Erika Kemp, Managing Partner

A graduate of UC Berkeley, Erika has over 15 years of experience developing and growing lean, service-based businesses in the US and the UK.


After consulting with SEG since its inception, she officially joined the company as Director of Sales and Marketing in April 2010.


Erika – a relative newcomer to renewables – has gained a tremendous amount of industry insight from Stephen and from her extensive research into the various technical, geographic, economic, and political factors that shape the U.S. PV industry.


Since 2009, she has crafted and executed various strategic initiatives within SEG. As a result, Solvida is now known – in the U.S. and abroad – as the go-to resource for firms looking to successfully penetrate the U.S. large-scale commercial and utility-scale solar PV markets. In her current role, Erika is responsible for Solvida’s strategic planning, sales and marketing, and product development efforts.


When not poised at her laptop vetting “the next big thing” in the U.S. PV industry, Erika loves spending time at the beach, enjoying great food, and spending time with family.

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