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Published on August 26th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan


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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)!

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About the Author

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) with the power of the 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 and Solar Love. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, and Canada. 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. But he offers no professional investment advice and would rather not be responsible for you losing money, so don't jump to conclusions.

  • 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…

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