Published on January 28th, 2014 | by Zachary Shahan


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

January 28th, 2014 by  

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 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.

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