#SolarChat on US Solar Policy — The Results

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Originally published on Solar Love.

A couple weeks ago, I was the “featured journalist” on a massive #SolarChat on Twitter, the biggest yet. Senator Harry Reid joined in, as did the CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, Rhone Resch; OFA Climate Change Campaign Manager JackShapiro; Founder of Climate Hawks Vote RL Miller; and Greentech Media Senior Editor Stephen Lacey. The topic was US solar policy.

During our one-hour chat, #SolarChat rose to the top of Twitter’s trending charts. TweetReach provided some numbers about the event, but it is limited to only the first 1,500 tweets, so it actually under-represents the impact. Nonetheless, even with that limitation, it showed that we brought in nearly 7 million impressions from 335 contributors. The contributors came in from at least 11 countries and 27 US states.


Naturally, Harry Reid dominated as the top influencer (dude has 240,000 followers):

Harry Reid Twitter

And he was actually tweeting (see the pic below). He showed up a little late, as he had to open the Senate floor at around the same time as the start of the #SolarChat, but he offered a lot of good tweets (and I’m sure no one helped him with those 😉 ).

Despite not topping the chart, @CleanTechnica was actually #2, and I (@zshahan3) was #5!

Regarding #SolarChat impressions per Twitter account, here are the numbers for the top 20 Twitter accounts:

Tweeter Thousand Impressions
SenatorReid 1700
CleanTechnica 1500
SEIA 605
RainaRusso 552
zshahan3 465
SolarFred 231
Stphn_Lacey 220
RhoneResch 185
JigarShahDC 101
SPIConvention 96
GlennaWiseman 89
RL_Miller 77
CarlSiegrist 59
seth_leitman 53
kendra_hubbard 49
derekmarkham 46
SolarCurator 31
NobleIdeas 29
Silvio_Marcacci 27

Below were the 7 questions asked during the #SolarChat and some of my favorite responses:

Q1 What does the outcome of the midterm elections mean for solar state policy?


Q2 How can we build political power for solar post-election?

Q3 What would continuing or ending the ITC mean for your business/consumers?

Q4 Besides the ITC, what federal policies do you hope to see shape the future of solar?

Q5 What’s the best way to mobilize the 9 out of 10 Americans who support solar?


Q6 The solar industry’s job growth is 10x faster than the U.S. average — what role does policy play in that?

Q7 Why are so many leading and small businesses going solar? Can companies shape solar policy? How?


Regarding that last point regarding the true cost of coal, see: Full Cost of Coal $500 Billion/Year in U.S., Harvard Study Finds

For more commentary and wrap-up, see this piece.

Related: “Selling” Solar, Crowdfunding Solar, & More (#SolarChat)

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Zachary Shahan

Zach is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA], NIO [NIO], Xpeng [XPEV], Ford [F], ChargePoint [CHPT], Amazon [AMZN], Piedmont Lithium [PLL], Lithium Americas [LAC], Albemarle Corporation [ALB], Nouveau Monde Graphite [NMGRF], Talon Metals [TLOFF], Arclight Clean Transition Corp [ACTC], and Starbucks [SBUX]. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort.

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