CleanTechnica comments people

Published on August 26th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

8

Join Us in the Comments!

August 26th, 2012 by  

 
I just got back from a 3-week semi-vacation the other day. I was actually working behind the scenes part-time practically every day (which is why I’d just call it a “semi-vacation”), but I dropped many of the nonessential daily tasks I’m involved in as the director of this site in order to make my vacation partner and the friends and family we were visiting a little happier.

One of those “nonessentials” is keeping up with and moderating comments, which one of our top readers actually does for us, very kindly, on a volunteer basis (and is why I felt like I could take a break from that while traveling).

However, upon returning, I did decide to catch up with a number of the comment threads. Doing so made me value, even more than before, all the great readers and comments we have on this site. There’s so much to learn and gain from the comments under many of our posts.

Certainly, not every post gets comments, or gets in-depth and informative discussions going, but numerous posts do. So, here’s just a friendly nudge to keep an eye on the comments of posts (and chime in yourself!), if you want to learn a bit more than you do simply from reading our articles.

I’ll also try to do a better job of pulling interesting facts and points out of the comments to post as full articles, but with all the cleantech stories I’d love covered every day, and all the great comments I’d like more people to see, many are surely destined to remain useful comments only to those who spend the time to scroll down a little further and read a little more. So, nudge nudge, consider doing so (or doing so more often)!

Image: 3D people chatting via Shutterstock 
 
Get CleanTechnica’s 1st (completely free) electric car report → “Electric Cars: What Early Adopters & First Followers Want.”
 
Keep up to date with all the hottest cleantech news by subscribing to our (free) cleantech newsletter, or keep an eye on sector-specific news by getting our (also free) solar energy newsletter, electric vehicle newsletter, or wind energy newsletter.

 

Tags:


About the Author

is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) one letter at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. Otherwise, he's probably enthusiastically fulfilling his duties as the director/editor of EV Obsession, Gas2, Solar Love, Planetsave, or Bikocity; or as president of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, energy storage, and wind energy expert. If you would like him to speak at a related conference or event, connect with him via social media: ZacharyShahan.com, .



  • Ross

    Zach, I’m not sure if it’s the new comments system or you being away but there seemed to be an uptick in the numbers of clean energy haters while you were away. Possibly one less person to fight them off?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Like other vermin, they seem to travel in packs.

      Best solution, neuter them using facts so they don’t reproduce….

    • one less person around makes a difference. i was in the trenches there alone for a long time. 😀

      probably just got a swarm or so of them from external sites. happens from time to time.

  • Hi Zach….hope vacation was as you wanted……
    At the first of the year, my company decided to do as many as 10 residential solar jobs, per month, between our utility scale projects…..and at only with a very small upcharge for them being small and less time efficient.
    We offer our residential customers an average per watt price of $3.35 while virtually everyone else is charging $4 to $5.50.
    This means that even without an SREC, the system is positive cash flow from the very first month.
    It’s really funny though, how some people just can’t comprehend how it all comes down. And having even a large well established company like ours putting the performance specs in writing based on 10 yrs of historical weather, somertimes doesn’t even help.
    Our industry is plagued by the general consumer attitude from used car lots….hahaha…well, and some slippery renewable power companies to, I guess….lol.
    What’s your take on this matter?

    • Bob_Wallace

      Is that $3.35/W all inclusive? Does it cover permits, inspections, etc.?

    • Thanks, it was!

      And yes, I completely agree — the biggest hurdles soon, if not already, are with regards to consumer attitudes (and ability to do math). This is essentially what we are trying to help with here at CleanTechnica. Could probably do a much better job.

      Have an article planned on some super low solar prices in NJ (installed price). Hope to light a bit of a fire with that one.

      Where are you based? Maybe we could get you to put a piece (or some numbers for a piece) together for us.

  • Tom G.

    Hi Zachary:

    I usually chime in on stories but there will only be a few comments from me between now and the election. With local elections, state elections and federal elections, it takes time to study the candidates. That takes a lot of my retirement time which may cause a temporary dip in both the quality and quantity of my comments.

    This may also be affecting others but as usual that is only a guess, LOL.

    Tom G.

    • One of the most useful comments ever right here.

      Study the candidates! Man, if we all did that…

Back to Top ↑
  • Advertisements

  • Top Posts & Pages

  • Cool Cleantech Events

    Low Voltage Electrification Event, April 25-27. Detroit, Michigan (US)
    Delve deep into the benefits and challenges associated with EV power supply.

    Offshore Wind Market Development USA, May 11-12, Boston, Massachusetts (US)
    Network and establish your business in one of North America’s largest energy industries.

    Energy Storage USA, June 15-16, San Diego, California (US)
    Only event in the United States focused exclusively on the commercialization of storage.

    More details are on: Cleantech Events.

  • Advertisement

  • CleanTechnica Electric Car Report

    Electric Cars Early Adopters First Followers
  • Tesla Model 3 Review by EVANNEX

    Tesla Model 3 Review from EVANNEX
  • Tesla Model 3 Exclusive Video

    Tesla Model 3 Video
  • Tesla Model 3 Exclusive Pictures

    Tesla Model 3 Video
  • Tesla Model X Review #1 (Video)

    Tesla Model X Review from new owners Zach Shahan
  • Tesla Model X Review #2 (Pictures)

    Tesla Model X Review from Kyle Field
  • Tesla Model S Long-Term Review

    Tesla Model S Long Term Review from Kyle Field
  • Nissan LEAF Long-Term Review

    Nissan LEAF Long Term Review from Cynthia Shahan
  • Interview with Michael Liebreich

    Interview with Michael Liebreich
  • Interview with Akon (Teslas & Solar)

    Interview with Akon Tesla Model S Tesla Model X Solar Power Africa
  • Interview with Dr Nawal Al-Hosany

    Interview with Dr Nawal Al-Hosany
  • Interview with Gro Brundtland

    Gro Brundtland
  • Interview with President of Iceland

    President of Iceland Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson
  • Interview with Nick Sampson

    Faraday Future VP Nick Sampson
  • Interview with Dipal Barua

    Dipal Barua 1st ZFEP WInner
  • Interview with Jonathon Porritt

    Jonathon Porritt
  • Interview with Clint Wilder

    Interview with Clint Wilder
  • Interviews with Solar Impulse Pilots

    Bertrand Piccard Andre Borschberg
  • Check out more CleanTechnica Videos.

  • Join The Solar Revolution!

    Edison-solar-energy solar-energy-spill-nice-day
  • Cost of Solar Panels

    cost-of-solar-down
  • Search the IM Network


Shares