PVEL is the leading independent lab for the global downstream PV industry

We’re the experts in extended reliability and performance testing for solar PV and storage technology. Our mission is to support the worldwide PV buyer community by generating data that accelerates adoption of solar technology.

Meet Our TeamThe PVEL Story

PVEL is the leading independent lab for the global downstream PV industry

We’re the experts in extended reliability and performance testing for solar PV and storage technology. Our mission is to support the worldwide PV buyer community by generating data that accelerates adoption of solar technology.

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PVEL stands out as an independent test lab

 
 

Global Network

We work with 300+ downstream partners representing over 30 GW of annual buying power in every major solar market worldwide. Our network includes developers, EPC firms, financial institutions and insurance companies who use PVEL’s data and reports to inform their technology strategies.

 
 

Deep Experience

PVEL was the first lab to recognize the importance of independent product testing for PV equipment buyers. We pioneered extended reliability and performance testing to meet their needs. Our team leverages nearly a decade of unique data sets – more than any other independent lab.

 
 

Market-driven

We’re the only solar technology lab that designs test programs in direct response to feedback from PV equipment buyers. Our team continuously innovates and refines our test programs as technology advances, components change, and buyer needs evolve.

 
 

Comprehensive Services

We can evaluate the performance and reliability of every component in a solar power project to yield critical data that support commercial transactions. Thanks to our state-of-the-art labs, grid-connected outdoor testbeds, field testing expertise and global partnerships, we provide truly comprehensive services.

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Global Network

We work with 300+ downstream partners representing over 30 GW of annual buying power in every major solar market worldwide. Our network includes developers, EPC firms, financial institutions and insurance companies who use PVEL’s data and reports to inform their technology strategies.

Deep Experience

PVEL was the first lab to recognize the importance of independent product testing for PV equipment buyers. We pioneered extended reliability and performance testing to meet their needs. Our team leverages nearly a decade of unique data sets – more than any other independent lab.

Market-driven

We’re the only solar technology lab that designs test programs in direct response to feedback from PV equipment buyers. Our team continuously innovates and refines our test programs as technology advances, components change, and buyer needs evolve.

Comprehensive Services

We can evaluate the performance and reliability of every component in a solar power project to yield critical data that support commercial transactions. Thanks to our state-of-the-art labs, grid-connected outdoor testbeds, field testing expertise and global partnerships, we provide truly comprehensive services.

Meet our leadership team

Jenya Meydbray_PVEL CEO

Jenya Meydbray

Chief Executive Officer

JENYA CO-FOUNDED PVEL IN 2010 AND NOW SERVES AS CEO.

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.

Jenya received an MS and BS at Boston University and UC Santa Cruz, respectively, and holds two photovoltaic-related patents. He has authored many articles and regularly speaks at conferences. Jenya is an Advisory Board Member to NREL’s International PV Module Quality Assurance Task Force and serves on the Board of Directors of PVComplete, a solar design software company.

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Tara Doyle

Chief Commercial Officer

TARA DOYLE BRINGS OVER 15 YEARS OF SOLAR INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE TO PVEL.

She built the foundation of PVEL’s commercial operations when she joined in 2012 and is one of PVEL’s longest-standing employees. Tara began her career at SunPower where she managed corporate operations and client engagement programs.

Since joining PVEL Tara has held a variety of roles focused on both upstream and downstream commercial operations and development. She has grown PVEL’s client base to over 500 companies and continues to dedicate herself to supporting our clients. She currently leads our business development, project management, and marketing teams.

Tara is an author of PVEL’s Scorecards and is featured in a variety of media outlets as well as at conferences and events. She holds a BA from St. Mary’s College of California and an M.Sc. from Huntington University of Health Sciences.

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Ryan Desharnais

Chief Technical Officer

RYAN JOINED PVEL IN 2016 AND BRINGS 10+ YEARS OF INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE.

Ryan has been instrumental in building the PVEL engineering team as well as driving its range of development efforts. Prior to entering PV industry, Ryan worked in the fuel cell industry in hydrogen production. With new opportunities he pivoted into photovoltaics, working across the lifecycle of products from R&D, design, manufacturing and system construction.

Most recently before PVEL, Ryan served as a Reliability Engineer for PV module manufacturer Yingli Solar as well as directed operations for their U.S.-based PV Testing Lab.

Ryan holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University. His principal areas of published work have been focused on PV system performance modeling accuracy and module degradation modes, namely potential-induced degradation and mechanical stress test procedures.

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Chris Faith

Chief Operations Officer

CHRIS JOINED PVEL IN 2017 WITH 20+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IDENTIFYING OPERATIONS IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES.

His management experience in large-scale factory production environments has been an asset to the PVEL team. Chris began his career in the private sector as an environmental engineer and project manager. He also spent six years with Tempur Sealy International, the world’s largest bedding provider.

He held a variety of engineering and operations roles at Tempur Sealy and ultimately served as Plant Superintendent. He later joined Arzon Solar, a concentrator photovoltaic company, as a senior manufacturing leader.

Chris is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt with 5S expertise. He holds a BS and an MBA from the University of New Mexico and is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

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The PV Evolution Labs Story

When global solar deployment began to accelerate in the early 2000s, most PV equipment buyers assumed that module reliability was consistent from manufacturer to manufacturer.

They relied on 25-year power warranties to protect their investments. Few predicted the volatility that now characterizes the PV manufacturing landscape.

At that time, Jenya Meydbray was a Reliability Engineer for one of the world’s largest project developers. The tests that he conducted told a very different story: Modules composed of different materials behave differently, especially after accelerated testing.

In 2010, Jenya started PV Evolution Labs – also known as PVEL – to create and share this valuable data with the greater solar industry. He knew that better data was the key to building investor confidence in solar, which was critical to adoption of PV technology.

In 2014, PVEL was acquired by DNV GL, an energy services provider. Under DNV GL, the lab began testing balance-of-systems components and operating systems. PVEL grew its network of downstream partners to span every major market worldwide.

In 2019, PV Evolution Labs re-launched from DNV GL as PVEL. This has positioned our company for strategic growth and rapid response to the fast-changing technology landscape. As an independent lab, we will continue to create data that matters to the global solar industry.

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