Optimizing the production value of variable terrain

July 31, 2019
By Editorial Team

By Yezin Taha, CEO, Nevados Engineering

The decreasing costs of solar power plants has led to unprecedented growth in solar energy generation. However, the availability of flat land is increasingly proving to be a challenge for utilities seeking to meet their solar energy goals. Nowhere is this more prevalent that in areas such as New England, the rolling eastern seaboard states, and mountainous western states, where flat land is at a premium.

What can a utility do when its territory includes variable terrain? Single axis solar trackers are the most common solution for installing large solar projects, but conventional trackers are limited by the expensive and destructive need to flatten the site prior to installation.

This article originally appears in energycentral.com.

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Jenya Meydbray

Jenya is the Chief Commercial Officer of Nevados, prior to that he co-founded PVEL in 2010 and served as CEO for the past dozen years. 

He developed the first extended reliability and performance test protocols for the downstream PV industry as well as innovative methods of evaluating PV performance for power plant level risk assessment and mitigation. 

Prior to founding PVEL, Jenya was the Senior Quality and Reliability Engineer at SunPower where he designed accelerated test methods for high-efficiency solar cells and modules. Jenya began his career at NASA Ames Research Center’s hyper-gravity facilities. He also served as VP of Technology for Cypress Creek Renewables, a utility-scale project developer.


Rick Baldini

Rick has over 18 years of finance experience across several industries including financial services, insurance, real estate, and construction.  Rick is experienced in building, leading, and advising companies through complex restructurings, business expansion and product development.  

Prior to Nevados, Rick was the CFO for Link Real Estate & Urban Land Co, a real estate investment firm, that Rick led to become the fastest growing private company in Central Ohio.  Rick has also been successful in structuring a multi-million-dollar licensing deal with a public company while CFO at Global Administration Management, a boutique consulting firm in the insurance industry.

Rick is a graduate of the University of Arizona where he received a B.S. in Finance and Marketing.