What authority and expertise do Solar-Estimate.org staff have?

Solar-Estimate has assembled an impressive team of solar experts including solar installation professionals, solar system designers, specialists at calculating solar return and avoided utility bill costs, electrical engineers and even a PhD with a speciality in solar roof shading analysis.

Together this team writes and researches new content and develops new tools and functionality all focused around our core goal: providing the most accurate information and the most useful tools to help homeowners evaluate the potential that solar panels provide for their home.

Andrew Sendy Andrew Sendy LinkedIn

LLB B.Com 1994 Flinders University
Advanced Diploma Solar System Design 2008 G.S.E.S.


Andy began his professional career practicing law before joining a corporate advisory firm, Leadenhall, where he honed his financial analysis skills. He then founded the successful Australian software company Strategic Ecommerce in 1999.

After its sale to SecurePay in 2007, he trained as a solar system designer and went on to open the solar installation company, Solar Wholesalers, which is currently the largest residential solar installation company in South Australia. He remains a major shareholder in the company, though he is no longer involved in day-to-day management of the company.

Since 2012, Andy has dedicated the majority of his time to building SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org. He provides consumers with elemental insight and advice that only a solar insider could give. He is uniquely qualified to comment on the strengths and weaknesses of various solar companies and equipment because of his experience with selling them. He is able to give advice from an unbiased perspective because he is not affiliated with any particular U.S.-based solar companies.

Vassie Fitzgerald Vassie Fitzgerald LinkedIn

Co-Founder


Vassie is the co-founder of SolarReviews. He has a long and distinguished career in the information technology industry, having held senior IT positions in the South Australian state government where he initiated and led several award-winning strategic projects. Since then, he has almost exclusively worked for start-ups, first in strategic e-commerce before moving into the online training arena and other related areas.

In 2012, Vassie and Andy recognized an increasing need for information and research related to solar, thereby co-founding SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org with the goal of providing better information and tools for homeowners interested in solar.

Vassie was able to apply his experience in growing tech start-ups to create and lead the development team. He has overseen a growing team of software engineers as well as initiatives to provide data and functionality previously unavailable to solar consumers. He remains passionate as ever about solar and continues to drive SolarReviews’ and Solar-Estimate.org’s technical innovation.

Ryan Miller Ryan Miller LinkedIn

Ph.D. Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
MBA UNM Anderson School of Business


Ryan was a joint founder of Sun Number, a business that was acquired by SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org in 2019. Sun Number is most well-known for providing “Sun Number scores” for approximately 84 million American homes listed on Zillow.com. SunNumber has provided this functionality to Zillow since 2016.

Sun Number was the first web service in America to measure the effect of shading on specific homes and was able to use it as part of a wider formula to calculate a customized “Sun Number”. The shade collection software uses LIDAR data that is collected by government authorities around the country.

Ryan is also currently perfecting an automated solar panel layout tool that is due for release in the coming months for both SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org. Ryan remains one of the top professionals in the field of modeling the effects of the surrounding environment on solar energy production from solar panels.

Michael Bishop Michael Bishop LinkedIn

Instructor for NABCEP and San Francisco's Pacific Energy Center


Michael takes special interest in America’s transition to a smarter electric grid and in improving homeowner confidence in their decision to go solar. From 2006 to 2017, Michael was the sole developer of the solar industry’s longest-running financial presentation software. Since 2006, he has provided guidance to thousands of solar energy professionals across the United States.

Michael also has a love for teaching and he lectures at the Solar Economics workshop at the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioner’s annual conference. He also teaches at the Solar Economics workshop at the Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco, California. He has experience teaching for the California Solar and Storage Association, as well as at community colleges and trade schools.

He currently serves on a National Renewable Energy Laboratory technical advisory group and on several California Solar and Storage Association committees.

Lachlan Fleet Lachlan Fleet LinkedIn

Solar Installation Expert


Lachlan began his career in solar in 2010. He has worked for and ran some of the largest solar companies in his home state of South Australia. In 2016, Lachlan moved to the U.S. to add another layer of solar expertise to the SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org staff and now heads the team that manages relationships with installers across the country.

Lachlan holds a C-46 license (license to install solar) in the state of California. His firsthand experience in the solar industry paired with the relationships he has built with installers gives him a rare and in-depth level of understanding about the solar industry in America.

Peter Sendy

Chief Editor www.solarpaneltalk.com


Following in his brother Andy’s footsteps, Peter began his career in the solar industry in 2009 when he founded Gawler and Barossa Solar. Since 2015, Peter has been the Chief Editor of SolarPanelTalk, the largest solar panel technical forum in the U.S.

Through moderating and evaluating posts on the site, Peter has gathered valuable knowledge and insight into the changing information needs for consumers, as well as developing trends in the industry. His areas of expertise include solar system monitoring, solar battery storage solutions, solar system design, and solar industry trends.

Evan Nicoles Evan Nicoles LinkedIn

Electrical Engineer


Evan’s interest in solar began while he studied electrical engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After completing a renewable energy course and discovering a particular passion for the solar industry, he focused his senior project on constructing and maintaining a solar array. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in 2014, Evan briefly worked in sales for a residential solar installation company before joining Michael in supporting users of the OnGrid Tool.

Because several OnGrid users inquired about solar economics, Evan was able to acquire a deeper understanding of the financials of solar. In addition to supporting users, he generated a new sales proposal, maintained the OnGrid web application (OnGrid Sky), and created OnGrid’s website.

In 2017, after three years with OnGrid, Evan SolarReviews as a web developer. In 2019, he opened SolarReviews’ office in Asbury Park, NJ.

Amanda Major Amanda Major's LinkedIn

Project Manager and Web Designer


Amanda grew up on a self-sufficient farm located in the beautiful Adelaide Hills in South Australia. It was early on when she learned to appreciate and respect the environment, nature, and the idea of a sustainable future. She was introduced to the benefits of solar at a young age, as solar was what generated most of the power and hot water on the farm.

Going on to study architecture and design at Adelaide University, she focused on creating sustainable homes with alternative eco-friendly products. She went on to complete her other degree in multimedia design in Sydney, where she went on to run her own design studio for several years.

Amanda joined the SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org teams in 2015 as Design and Project Manager. Reflecting on her tenure, Amanda says, “It has been exhilarating to be a part of the development and success of America’s leading solar calculator websites. I’m very proud to be helping thousands of Americans install solar on their homes.”

Austin Bowers Austin Bowers LinkedIn

Web Designer


Austin is a Web Designer for SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org, working out of the Asbury Park, NJ office. Austin's interest in solar power and renewable energy began with his fascination with electric vehicles and the idea of off-grid living with the use of solar panels and batteries. He strives to deliver a great user experience on each website, making it easier for people to learn about the many benefits of switching to solar power.

Prior to joining the team, Austin ran his own freelance graphic and UX design business focusing on client image and branding. He developed websites, designed logos and posters, and edited photography. He also worked for an online travel booking agency as their Graphic Designer, where he learned skills associated with designing for website optimization.

Scott Nelson Scott Nelson's LinkedIn

Electrical Engineer and Technical Solar Analyst


Scott is a data analyst for SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org. With a degree in electrical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Scott provides an analytical approach to website content creation. Scott developed a passion for renewable energy while taking global sustainability courses at NJIT during the pursuit of his degree.

Scott previously worked as an AudioVisual (AV) Project Engineer and Project Manager in New York City for five years, where he designed and oversaw many high-end residential and commercial AV projects.

Scott joined SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org in January 2019 to pursue a career where he could apply his engineering skills to the renewable energy field.

Zeeshan Hyder Zeeshan Hyder LinkedIn

Journalist and Content Specialist


Zeeshan is a content manager at SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org. He has long been passionate about climate issues; developing a deep interest in solar power after witnessing its successful adoption in Australia.

He has previously worked as a journalist covering, among other topics, energy, climate and environmental issues. He also served as an organizer for the Pakistan Youth Climate Network, an advocacy group aimed at raising climate awareness among students and future leaders.

His other work experience includes several years in the humanitarian sector with Doctors Without Borders and in university communications.

Zeeshan earned a B.A. from Middlebury College, Vermont - birthplace of the 350.org climate movement.

Krista Simicich Krista Simicich LinkedIn

Chief Content Editor


Krista is the Chief Content Editor for SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org. Her interest in renewable energy resources, coupled with a passion for language, is what drives her to produce informative content that enriches the knowledge of both prospective and current solar energy customers.

After graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a dual degree in marketing and English, Krista served as a copywriter in the digital marketing and advertising space, as well in the non-profit sector.

Catherine Lane Catherine Lane LinkedIn

Solar researcher and Writer


Catherine is a researcher and content specialist at Solar-Estimate.org. After witnessing first-hand the impacts of Superstorm Sandy on her hometown in 2012, she became interested in environmental and climate issues. This newfound passion led her to pursue a degree in environmental science at Ramapo College of New Jersey.

She became a member of the college’s Sustainability Committee, which focused on implementing and advocating for sustainability initiatives on campus, including projects related to the school’s transition to solar power.

Catherine previously worked as an Assistant Project Manager at an engineering firm where she conducted research and reported on various types of contaminated sites. Some of her other work experience includes completing research on raptor migration in the Eastern United States and on the nesting habits of endangered shore birds along the New Jersey coast.

Catherine graduated from Ramapo College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a minor in Environmental Studies.

Aditya Gautam Aditya Gautams LinkedIn

Residential Solar Journalist


Aditya is a best-selling author, journalist, and scriptwriter. He also has several years of customer service experience in the energy sector. He is an ardent believer in the transformative power of solar energy and loves digging for new solar stories and trends. He is convinced that harnessing solar energy will soon be the norm around the world.

Aditya has been interviewing experts and writing articles for over eight years. His book has topped Amazon best-seller lists. Aditya has also spent several years in the energy industry helping utility customers understand their electricity bills, which allows him to write about solar from a consumer perspective.

Jagpreet Sandhu

Residential Solar Journalist


Jagpreet is a specialist in digital communications and creative writing. During her career, she has produced a wide range of content in the form of blogs, articles, case studies, brochures, user manuals, and other creative assets.

She has a keen interest in solar and envisions a bright future that is powered by renewable energy systems. She believes that the sun not only spreads light, but offers us new hope for saving our precious planet.

Sarah Wilder Sarah Wilder's LinkedIn

Solar Advisor / Director of Curriculum & Instruction Solar Energy International


Sarah Wilder is the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Solar Energy International (SEI). She has been working in the solar energy industry since 2002, when she began her career as an entry-level solar installer.

Since that time, Sarah has filled many roles in the industry, including installation crew lead, project manager, system designer, co-owner of a solar installation company, technical services manager at a PV module manufacturer, quality inspector, and technical instructor.

Sarah brings passion to solar workforce development and education. She ensures workers have the necessary skills to install code-compliant and safe PV installations that adhere to industry best practices.

She is also the proud owner and installer of a 3.5 kW PV array on her own home in Colorado. Sarah is a NABCEP-certified PV Installation Professional and a licensed Oregon Limited Renewable Technician.

She holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University.

Dan Hahn Dan Hahn's LinkedIn

Solar Policy Expert


Dan Hahn founded residential solar energy information and policy resource, Solar Power Rocks, in 2007. He is currently the site's Chief Architect and Senior Editor, and is presently helping formulate its content advisory board.

Driven by a mission to communicate how all state legislatures can encourage solar energy growth, he developed annual state scorecards to benchmark solar policy performance across the United States. He also works with solar installers, small businesses, and nonprofits to develop strategic plans and helps those looking to transition into new careers and entrepreneurship.

Dan earned his B.S. in Financial Management from the University of Illinois in 2001, and his M.S. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Portland State University in 2008.

Ben Zientara Ben Zientara's LinkedIn

Residential Solar Policy Expert


Ben began his career in the energy industry working for Open Access Technology International (OATI), a company that creates software used to run the U.S. energy grid. His role there supported OATI experts on federal regulatory policy, distributed energy, demand response, and smart grid solutions.

Ben came to Solar Power Rocks in 2014, adding his expertise to the solar policy analysis and residential solar financial projections the site is known for. He is in charge of content for the site, and spearheads SPR's annual state solar power rankings report.

In addition to his solar and energy industry work, Ben has worked on city-level sustainability planning, life-cycle analysis of products and processes, and clean energy advocacy.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in Scientific and Technical Communication, with a minor in Sustainability Studies.

Kim Rapkins

Communications


While studying English Literature at Columbia University, Kim’s coursework, which included climate studies and sustainable development, is what ignited her passion for renewable energy.

After graduation, she earned a master’s degree at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism while working at a non-profit, where she administered grants from the NSF and USDA, serving at-risk youth. In addition to freelance journalism, Kim has worked as a writer, researcher, and digital media strategist for nearly a decade.

Prior to joining the SolarReviews and Solar-Estimate.org team at their Denver office, she served as Web Director for a local clothing manufacturer and Content Writer and Editor at What’s UP Public Relations.

Catherine Kelso Catherine Kelso's LinkedIn

Solar Advisor / Ambassador of Energy, Solar Consultant/Technician


Catherine Kelso started her solar career repairing battery-based inverters and providing technical support for off-grid systems in 2005. Since then, she has been involved in many areas of the industry and has earned her NABCEP PV Installation Professional and NABCEP PV Technical Sales Certifications.

She is also a Certified General Electrician in the state of California and is currently working on an electrical engineering degree through Arizona State University’s online program.

She has experience leading solar installation crews in the field, drafting permits for solar and battery systems, creating curricula for NABCEP certifications and developing NEC Code for solar installation colleges and companies. She also has experience in designing software for solar permits, as well as for other non-solar applications.