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Published on January 28th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


CleanTechnica, Honda, Ford, SolarCity, Plug In America, & TreeHugger Invite You To #SolarChat About Solar + EVs

A couple weeks ago, I announced the upcoming #SolarChat (which is tomorrow, Wednesday!), but I figured a reminder wasn’t a bad idea. Also, since then, we’ve gotten SolarCity to join the 1-hour Twitter chat.

Quick summary in case you missed the article linked above and are too lazy to click over:

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. #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.

I’m a co-host on the upcoming #SolarChat (tomorrow, January 29, from 2:00-3:00pm ET), as I helped to get all the panelists on board, helped draft the questions, and will be a key participant throughout the fast-paced 1-hour tweet feast. I’m happy to say that we’ve got a ridiculously fly panel. Other than #SolarChat co-hosts Raina Russo and Glenna Wiseman and myself (@zshahan3), here’s the lineup:


–> John Linney (tweeting from @SolarCity) — SolarCity’s Vice President of Marketing.

–> 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.


Register for the #SolarChat here: “Solar & EVs: Intersection, Reality, Challenges & Promise.”

Be prepared to offer some educated tweets by catching up on findings from our reader poll about solar+EV owners as well as other solar+EV polls and studies.

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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.

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