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Published on January 9th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan

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Join Ford, Honda, CleanTechnica, & Others For #SolarChat On Solar Power & Electric Vehicles



solar vs EVs awarenessIn case you’re not familiar with it, #SolarChat is a pretty huge Twitter event. #SolarChat events regularly rank at the top of National Twitter Trends the day that they take place. The last #SolarChat, which was about American corporate solar champions and the business case for solar, even trended higher than the Pope. The organizers/hosts of these #SolarChats come up with several questions for panelists and participants before the event, focused around a particular solar topic each time. They also round up the panelists. During the one-hour event, one of the co-hosts rolls out each question and then lets everyone respond to it, and then to each other. It’s a very informative huddling of minds that brings in some of the top cleantech thinkers, movers, & shakers.

I’ve been a panelist on one of the #SolarChat events, and I have participated in a couple others. In the upcoming #SolarChat on January 29, I’m actually a co-host, along with the original organizers and regular co-hosts, Raina Russo of SolarChat and Glenna Wiseman of Identity 3. Together, we’ve pulled in the following panelists:

–> Mike Tinskey (tweeting from @Ford) — Ford’s Global Director of Vehicle Electrification and Vehicle Infrastructure. (Interestingly, Ford serendipitously unveiled its Ford C-Max Solar Energi concept car just before this event.)

–> Ryan Harty (tweeting from @Honda) – Manager of Environmental Business Development at American Honda Motor Company (heads up Honda’s solar power programs).

–> Paul Scott (tweeting from @pluginamerica) – Founding member of Plug In America, former President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Southern California, Nissan LEAF salesman for Nissan of Downtown Los Angeles, former solar PV salesman.

–> Michael Graham Richard (tweeting from @TreeHugger) — Editor at TreeHugger, a leading green news site.

–> The person typing this sentence.

Oh yeah, the focus of this #SolarChat is: “Solar & EVs: Intersection, Reality, Challenges & Promise.” You can register for it (free) at that link.

The idea for this #SolarChat came out of the previous one, which happened to be sponsored by GM and veered into the EV realm for a few minutes. We’ll surely be discussing CleanTechnica‘s recent findings from our reader poll about solar+EV owners, as well as other polls and studies. And there will be plenty of opinion-flinging (in a good way) and testimonials. I’m particularly interested in hearing more about Ford, Honda, and Nissan’s solar efforts from some of their solar+EV leaders.

So… get your tweeting fingers ready and register for this #SolarChat, which takes place on January 29 from 2:00pm–3:00pm ET.

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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 ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.



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