Alex W. is a cleantech enthusiast with experience in renewable energy development & sustainability. Has specific interests and knowledge in solar energy & data science. Stays up-to-date on the newest developments in renewable energy and sustainability.
How I got started on my journey to renewable energy and sustainability.
I got started in my journey to renewable energy back in Kenya when I got exposed to an energy efficiency project housed at the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and funded by UNDP and World Bank Group (Global Environment Facility (GEF)).
The project was implemented by UNDP in Kenya and during my tenure in the project (2004 to 2006), I had just finished studying Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Industrial Chemistry at the University of Nairobi. I worked for about two (2) years at the project before proceeding with my sustainability studies at the University of Auckland in New Zealand where I obtained a full scholarship.
At the University of Auckland, I specialized in sustainable technology (renewable energy and energy efficiency) while doing my final Master’s thesis at the University. After completion, I worked with the German International Cooperation (GIZ), formerly known as GTZ. At GIZ, I specialized in bio energy specifically agro-industrial biogas projects and sustainability.
I later worked for Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) (now called Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority) in the renewable energy department where I focused on the solar energy component. I assisted in developing solar PV and solar water heating regulations for Kenya and worked there for about two years before getting an opportunity to relocate to the United States of America (USA).
After relocating to the USA, I worked for the World Bank Group (GEF) in Washington DC where I reviewed renewable energy projects requesting for GEF funding. After my contract ended at GEF, I formed the company SwitchtoSolar Online MKT, where we raise renewable energy awareness targeting homeowners and business owners to go solar while providing tips and guides on how to be sustainable.
The idea here is to generate good solar leads while promoting the idea of sustainability online. At the moment, I am in school again to learn about data science and how we can apply it to sustainability and renewable energy issues. We will be sharing information on how these new concepts can be applied to assist in sustainability and decision-making in the area of solar energy.