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Published on May 30th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


My Interview for Solar Power World

Frank Andorka of Solar Power World interviewed me yesterday on various topics related to CleanTechnica and solar power. If you’re interested in listening to the interview, here it is:

(Warning: I don’t do much public speaking or participate in many interviews these days — so, I’m a little out of practice and feel like I fumbled over a number of key points)

As I noted in the comments below the Solar Power World post, I stated something a little unclearly in there. To clear that up: German solar electricity production at noon has passed the 20% mark, getting up to at least 25% some days, as you can see in the story above. (Of course, it’s still a ways off from 20% of total annual electricity production.)

(Renewable energy production in Germany as a whole, however, is far above 20% — was around 47% in the month of April — and just wind and solar together have gone over 20%.)

Hope that’s all clear now. :D

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is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he's the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he's the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to and click on the relevant buttons.

  • Greg Smith

    Zach, fantastic blog. I work for GRID Alternatives and you have covered our work on the blog. I shared the post with our organization. Thanks for all your hard work. I have learned a lot from your blog and I read it everyday. I am a bit obsessed with clean tech too so I know it is hard to step back sometimes. It is an exciting time though for changing our energy infrastructure!

    • Zachary Shahan

      Thanks a ton, Greg! As I just noted to Tom, sorry for the delayed response — got far behind on comments and am just catching up now (currently 1:30am here :P)

  • Tom G.

    Good job Zachary. I really liked your response to the question regarding the current conflict between the political parties in America.

    In the end, renewable energy will become just the ‘right thing’ to do and will stop being a political football. While a lot of people in America do not support some form of Cap and Trade, they DO support renewable energy and want more of it. Even the Republican party is beginning to see the light, LOL

    A good story someday might be how thousands of megawatts of solar energy are being installed by our public utilities even thou the Republican party doesn’t actively support such efforts.

    • Zachary Shahan

      Thanks, Tom! (Sorry for the delay — playing catch-up on comments!)

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