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Published on May 30th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


My Interview for Solar Power World

May 30th, 2012 by  

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. 😀

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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: Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these companies and feels like they are good companies to invest in.

  • 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!

    • 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.

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

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