If you aren’t aware of the biggest solar event on Twitter, here’s the quick summary: #SolarChat has been going strong for three years now. It was originally launched by EcoOutfitters in November 2011. It is “a monthly discussion facilitated on Twitter that joins solar and renewable industry experts and solar-curious consumers to discuss issues relevant to solar energy, solar PR, solar hot water, solar pool heating, etc.” #SolarChat regularly trends on Twitter, and the last #SolarChat landed 15 million impressions! The estimated average reach of these events is about 700,000. You can view recaps of previous #SolarChat events here.
I’ve joined in a few of these, and was a key organizer for a #SolarChat featuring SolarCity, Ford, Honda, Plug In America, and TreeHugger. They are always a lot of fun and very informative. The biggest downside, in my opinion, is simply the blistering pace of the chats and how hard it is to keep up without missing important links, reports, etc.
On Wednesday, November 12, the next #SolarChat will be held at 11am PST / 2pm EST / 8pm CET (that’s Central European Time for you ‘Murican mainlanders). It’s going to be an epic one.
I’m happy to share that I’m the featured journalist, but I’m even happier to share that leading US Senator Harry Reid and SEIA President/CEO Rhone Resch will be on board. Aside from those headliners, the panel also includes a few other excellent climate hawks: Jack Shapiro, Climate Change National Issues Campaign Manager of Organizing for Action; RL Miller, Founder of Climate Hawks Vote; and a cleantech-blogging colleague in crime, Stephen Lacey, Senior Editor at Greentech Media.
The theme of the #SolarChat is an important but challenging one, as you might have gathered from the headliners: Solar Politics, Policies, and Advocacy.
From the registration page (it’s free to register and join in):
Solar’s rapid growth is fueled and challenged by a myriad of federal and state dynamics. With the ITC sunset looming and anti-net metering struggles across the country, it’s time we powered up a united solar front in the realms of politics and advocacy.
Join the conversation to enlighten newly elected politicians, add an even louder voice to the climate change chorus and flex our political muscles. We’ll gain a deeper understanding of the options and tools we can all use to collectively shine a very bright solar industry light in the battles ahead.
As the featured journalist, I was very involved in drafting the 7 questions. I’ll also be chiming in with my own input. But I’m most eager to see what the excellent panelists tweet.
Join us on Wednesday over on Twitter!
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