About Us

Solvida is currently engaged in over 1.5 GW of projects worldwide and has participated in 200+ MW of utility scale projects across the globe.

 We provide clients new to the industry and clients innovating their position within the industry with consulting, design and engineering, financial modeling, and training services.


Since 2009, our focus has been on global commercial and utility-scale project development and facilitating market entry for new BOS (balance-of-system) technologies.


Mission and History

Stephen Smith is a 20+ year veteran of the solar industry. He founded Solvida Energy Group, Inc.—a professional services firm catering to the utility scale and large commercial markets—in January 2009. Stephen’s seasoned expertise and passion for renewable energy contributes to an inspired and practical approach to his business.

He began his career at Powerlight where, from 2000 to 2006, he amassed a diverse project portfolio: parking, ground and roof mounts, tracking and fixed arrays and project department revenues grew 400%, and the company’s average project size increased exponentially.

Stephen has successfully developed more than fifty PV/HCPV solar projects for a broad range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to state and federal agencies; universities to utilities.

Solvida’s mission is to help firms in the solar industry develop innovative and practical execution strategies for solar power plant deployment.




  • Crafted the bid strategy for an EPC client who won the bid to build the largest operating project in the U.S.

  • Developed project financial modeling tool used by top 10 module manufacturer to sell into 200MW of projects in 2012

  • Engineered integration of top thin film product with industry leading single axis tracker system. Included optimized low voltage design and tracker block sizing

Project Development

  • Secured first ever CUP granted to solar farm on private land in Alameda County, CA

  • Secured first ever CUP granted to solar farm on private land in Yolo County, CA


  • Trained over 200 students using our proprietary PVsyst modeling program since 2011