2024 Inductees

Rachana Vidhi

Rachana Vidhi, Ph.D.

Director of Technical Sales
NextEra Analytics

9 U.S. Patents

Rachana Vidhi, Ph.D. is the Director of Sales Engineering for NextEra Analytics, Inc. (NEA), a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. NextEra Energy is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun and a world leader in battery storage. Dr. Vidhi leads the sales engineering team for NextEra 360™, the software platform for end-to-end energy management and decarbonization needs and oversees the implementation of cutting-edge software solutions that enhance efficiency and promote sustainability across various segments of the energy landscape.

Over the course of her tenure at NextEra Energy, Dr. Vidhi has pioneered the engineering, design and integration of key solar and storage projects for NextEra Energy Resources. She has also developed innovative technologies for hybrid resource deployment and long-term operations that have since been patented. She has extensive experience in a variety of renewable energy technologies including energy storage, wind, solar, electric vehicles and fuel cells. Prior to joining NextEra Energy, Dr. Vidhi worked as a research assistant at the University of South Florida’s Clean Energy Research Center and developed optimization algorithms for different renewable energy systems.

Dr. Vidhi’s contributions have been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including the Outstanding Young Alumni Award from the College of Engineering at University of South Florida and inclusion in the GreenBiz 30 Under 30 list. She has served on the boards of Women in Energy and the International Solar Energy Society, championing initiatives aimed at empowering women and young professionals in the industry. She is also the founding president of the USF chapter of the International Solar Energy Society, which provided students with platforms to engage with renewable energy technologies and cultivate their passion for sustainability.

Dr. Vidhi holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of South Florida, a master’s degree in management from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in energy engineering from Indian Institute of Technology.