We provide clients new to the solar industry and clients innovating their position within the solar industry with technical and market-based consulting, project development, and training services.
Since 2009, Solvida has provided solar industry companies with professional consulting services in support of the development of high value products and projects in the U.S. and abroad.
Combining engineering expertise and power plant experience with industry acclaimed solar technology consulting services, we have provided consulting services for both domestic and international clients including, SunPower, Panasonic, Chevron, Huawei, Google, ABB and Henkels & McCoy.
Developing 8MW of utility-scale projects in California
Authoring the 2012 GTM Research Global Solar BOS Costs and Forecast Report
Providing PVsyst training for more than 200 industry colleagues through our PVsyst training course
Engineering design for 1GW of utility scale solar projects with our sister firm, Solvida Design + Engineering
Currently engaged in 1.1GW of projects worldwide
Participated in 200+MW of utility scale PV across the globe
Developing first RE-MAT FIT Project in PG&E Territory, COD 2014
Engineered and designed 40+ commercial and utility scale projects in California
Submitted 500MW of high voltage designs and interconnect applications for CAISO Cluster 4
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. Developed the first wholesale grid connected solar farm in Yolo County. This 2.8MWDC system is fully operational today (2014)
Authored 2012 GTM Research Global Balance of Systems Report for Greentech Media
Developed project financial modeling tool used by top 10 module manufacturer to sell into 200MW of projects in 2012
Led an EPC client’s bid team to victory securing a contract to build the largest active project in the US, Sempra Generation’s Copper Mountain 1
We evaluate a range of variables (including but not limited to financial projections, solar technology comparisons, system sizing, and energy modeling) in a given project in order to quantitatively and qualitatively analyze project options.
Final deliverables include .pdf reports and .ppt presentations for evaluation by board and C-level decision makers.
We use our proprietary financial model for large scale PV projects to help our clients understand how selecting technology, sites, and contractors affect the cost and revenue equations for a project.
When modeling projects, we se inputs from proven energy forecasting tools like PVsyst to customize your project and adjust inputs and parameters in order to meet specific performance and risk tolerance requirements.
We interface with utility to keep interconnection process moving. We also advise clients on filling out technical applications and provide additional appendices and documentation such as single-line drawings.
In addition, we support interconnection study process with the client’s subcontractor of choice and ensuring that interconnection study addresses all necessary aspects of the project for all stages of project development.
We facilitate CUP process mapping and documentation, CEQA compliant documents, environmental and land use studies and permit package development during development and pre-construction. and interface with permitting jurisdiction as required.
We have supported clients developing over 50MW of projects around the U.S. make smarter solar decisions from early development through system turn on.
We assist with site selection, early stage development engineering (single line drawings and structural engineering studies), system sizing, and appropriate technology selection.
We provide component manufacturers with technical consulting services to help them make their case in an increasingly crowded marketplace. In paritcular, we provide technical consulting with concrete, market-informed takeaways that help our clients best position their offerings to meet both short and long term goals.
This 2.6MW project will be the first commercial solar farm in Yolo County, California when construction is complete in Fall 2014. As the project developer, Solvida has provided the following services:
Completed Interconnection Agreement with Pacific Gas and Electric
Secured Conditional Use Permit from Yolo County
Secured Power Purchase agreement (PPA) from Pacific Gas and Electric on behalf of client owner
Performed site audit
Generated initial engineering drawings for the project
Provided financial modeling and forecasting to evaluate the investment’s legitimacy
Generated all Conditional Use Permit documentation
Achieved Mitigated Negative Declaration and secured project CUP
Generated CEQA compliant environmental documents
Compared technology options to ensure maximizing investment value
Evaluated grid connect possibilities – proximity to substation, size of substation, substation capacity, available infrastructure close to site, and other energy generating projects in the vicinity
Managed the interconnection process with the utility
Secured an interconnection agreement with the utility
Developed relationships with local building department to secure required permits
Researched zoning designation