Alex Njuguna is a renewable energy and sustainability specialist with over 10 years experience in policy and renewable energy project development. He has worked for international organizations, such as the World Bank/Global Environment Facility (GEF) in the climate change mitigation section. He has been involved in contributing to the publications for REN21 (Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century) and development of renewable energy and sustainability policy frameworks in East Africa before moving to the United States. He has a Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Hons) in Industrial Chemistry (University of Nairobi) and Master's degree in Environmental Management (University of Auckland ).
The idea for switchingtosolarpv.com is to enable online users interested to go solar or going green, find tools, solar panels review or relevant information to make informed decisions about their sustainability decisions.
Online tools shared here could be online solar panel calculators, carbon footprint calculators, solar PV technology reviews, or just well researched information that help online users determine their best choices whether is the best solar panels, solar panels review or going green principles depending on their needs and wants.
Solar panel calculators recommended here may not provide exact figures, but provide good estimates on solar potential, savings and costs because they utilize Light Detection and Ranging data (LiDAR).
LiDAR is the most accurate form of topographical data used to create three-dimensional digital elevation models (DEMs) that analyze the impacts of shading obstructions, identify roof tilt, and estimate the amount of roof area that can used for a particular solar installation and are obtained with greatest degree of accuracy.
Examples of such a solar panel calculator using LiDAR technology include tools from EnergySage, PickMySolar and Google Project Sunroof. The main reason these solar calculators have been developed is to reduce the solar acquisition cost to the end user.