Published on March 17th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


5 Million

March 17th, 2012 by  

CleanTechnica has been around, and a world leader in cleantech coverage and commentary, since early 2008. However, it has switched hands 2-3 times, and, in the midst of the last switch, some changes were made to the stats services we use that essentially reset our ‘lifetime’ site stats to 0. The stats I keep an eye on daily via the site backend (where I write posts) start on Aug 31/Sept 1, 2010, just a little over a year and a half ago.

With that probably uninteresting background now in place for you, here’s some fun news: I just noticed that CleanTechnica’s ‘lifetime’ views passed 5 million today, sometime in the past couple hours or so. Thought that was a fun and interesting stat to share, but it also gives me the opportunity, again, to thank you all, our tremendous readers. Of course, I’m not only thanking you for reading what we think are important stories, but also for sharing these stories with friends and social networks (helping to educate who knows how many people on important societal topics), using the knowledge you gain to help the world in other ways, and even dropping comments on posts from time to time to add to the story and discussion (or to correct errors or typos — they happen).

I know it’s quite cliche to say this, but, truthfully, I think you have know idea how much you mean to us. 😀


Thanks for all the support! And hopefully it won’t take us too long to hit another 5 million. (At a little less than 500K views a month now, it shouldn’t!)


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About the Author

is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the typed word. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor, but he's also the president of Important Media and the director/founder of EV Obsession, Solar Love, and Bikocity. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these particular companies and feels like they are good cleantech companies to invest in.

  • Emile

    Thank you and keep up the good work!

  • lukealization

    Cleantechnica is an awesome site Zachary, I check in every day! Keep up the good work…

    • Thanks! 😀

      Totally appreciate it, and the comment! 😀

  • Bob_Wallace

    You’ve got a good thing going here Zach.

    We need to quit using fossil fuels. Most people realize that, but they aren’t able/willing to give up their lifestyles or even cut back significantly.

    The way we help people quit using fossil fuels is to show them alternatives.

    Show them how they can still use electricity, that all we have to do is to install lots of renewable generation and they can have all the electricity they want. And at a better price than they pay now.

    Show them how they can still travel around, even in personal vehicles, that all we have to do is to bring better, cheaper batteries to our auto factories and they can drive around all they want. And at a much better price than they now pay.

    Everyone can profit and everyone can save. We’ll create lots and lots of good jobs. Folks can climb out of dirty, dangerous coal mines and start installing wind mills and solar panels. Folks can quit going offshore to drill for oil and start working on offshore wind farms.

    Even the people in the fossil fuel industries don’t need to be hurt. If they will take the profits they are now making from coal and oil and start investing in renewable energy they can keep on getting richer.

    There’s room for everyone. And thanks for continuing to show us the many solutions.

    • Thanks, Bob. 😀

      I’ve been meaning to write up a “what i think CleanTechnica is about” post for awhile, and a central axis of that is inspiring people, and getting them excited about cleantech. Think that’s a lot of what you’re talking about below.

  • Captivation

    Having spent 20 plus years following the mainstream media (NYT, WaPo, BBC, etc), I’ve recently abandoned the entire group because they are fostering a false debate about climate change. Their goal is to sell the controversy of the debate rather than sell the enlightenment of accurate information and insight. Its great that the blogosphere has developed sufficiently to allow a complete media transplant to someone like me.

    • lukealization

      What a fantastic comment.

      Sadly, debates are more profitable than facts.

      • Captivation

        The mainstream media are banking on the idea that controversy is more profitable than facts but they won’t earn much loyalty by deceiving people. In a sense they are playing a poker game where controversy is a pair of Aces, but they don’t understand that truth based loyalty is a Full House.

    • Completely agree.

  • Ross

    Keep up the good work. This site rocks! The more or less constant stream of good news about the shift to renewables from legacy energy sources is so encouraging.

    Comparing renewable energies to the Internet we must be in about 1997. The NASDAQ crashed in 2000 but Internet traffic graphs kept growing without any noticeable dip. Clean energy seems similarly unstoppable.

    • Thanks 😀

      And I totally agree. Don’t think the internet has been fought as much by the industries it’s been replacing, but you can’t stop the future, and it looks pretty inevitable that cleantech is the future.

      • Ross

        Definitely not resisted as much but for years in the 90s we used to joke about the Internet experiment ending if it didn’t catch on. 😉

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