About Zachary Shahan

Zachary Shahan 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.



Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

Our Real Problem With “Democracy”

February 27th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It doesn't require complicated calculus to choose renewable energy over fossil fuels and electric transport over oil-propelled vehicles. It's just simple addition these days


10 More Cleantech City Solutions (#21–30)

February 26th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Following up on the first 20 cleantech city solutions that I promoted here and here, below are 10 more cleantech solutions that cities can implement to more quickly propel humanity into a sustainable cleantech future


China Electric Bus Sales Still Exploding

February 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

We wrote a couple of weeks ago about China's dramatic electric bus growth, but the numbers we had at the time only covered fully electric buses. We now have numbers for plug-in hybrids as well, again thanks to Jose Pontes and his helpful EV sales obsession


What Will Drive The rEVolution?

February 25th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I've been covering the electric vehicle industry obsessively for several years now. I've published thousands of articles on this tech. Yet, a few old articles from years ago still stand out to me and often come to mind


If White House Destroys The State (As Desired), What Does That Mean For Solar, Wind, & Electric Cars?

February 19th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As noted in an article earlier today, Steve Bannon reportedly said in 2013: “Lenin wanted to destroy the state, and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy all of today’s establishment.” He apparently described himself as a Leninist to Ronald Radosh, an adjunct fellow at the Hudson Institute. There seems to be a lot of evidence Bannon was telling the truth in that case


Tesla vs Uber — #TrumpEffect & Branding

February 19th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

No doubt about it — associating with Donald Trump is a dangerous thing for any cleantech company to do. A weaker brand could be demolished by the backlash, and a stronger one severely damaged


Our Energy Opportunities — Conservatives Should Love & Demand These

February 17th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Certain people and businesses have found that it's worthwhile to politicize certain energy matters. As it turns out, a majority of people across party lines want more clean energy from renewable energy resources like solar energy and wind energy. Below are several reasons why, including several that should be especially important to people in primarily conservative areas and with conservative values


Republicans — Moderates? Humanity-Crushing Extremists? Stealth Societal Saviors?

February 7th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

The most simplistic — but I think quite valid — way I can find of describing the differences is that there are 1) moderate "small government" Republicans, 2) extremist anti-government Republicans with shallow ideological perspective but who actually like social support systems and basic societal protection (just don't realize this until it touches their lives), and 3) extremely extremist Republicans who think the whole system needs to be destroyed to some degree or another


What If Obama Did This? … & Where’s Trump’s Birth Certificate, By The Way?

February 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

If you've been paying close attention to US politics this past month, I probably don't need to tell you what's been going on. If you haven't been, well, I can't even find the word to describe it — it's been a mix of insanity, corruption, hypocrisy, lies (aka "alternative facts"), irony, fictional history, idiocy, chaos, and looming disaster. In other words, just another month in the life of a con man from Queens


Elon Musk & Donald Trump — What’s The Deal?

February 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Multiple people have asked me to chime in on the Elon Musk and Donald Trump "partnership." The requests have popped up for months. I've also noticed a lot of commentary — on Twitter, here on CleanTechnica, and elsewhere — that implies Elon has turned evil or is sacrificing his morals by working with Trump


US Electric Car Sales Up 59% In January 2017

February 4th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

US electric car sales continue to climb to new heights in 2017. Growing 59% year over year (YoY), approximately 12,000 electric cars were sold across the country in January, accounting for approximately 1% of US auto sales. The top five models accounted for approximately 40% of total US electric car sales, as most models are still compliance cars that are not designed or marketed to really pull in buyers — and aren't even available in most states


Fully Autonomous Teslas … Largest Solar Farm … Toyota Prius Prime Review … (CleanTechnica Top ~30)

January 29th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

It was a rather wild week — for reasons I don't need to repeat — and it was also a bit of an atypical week for topics that took the crowd by storm here on CleanTechnica. Yes, Tesla held its usual spot at the top of the tables — and all over the top 20. But we also had popular stories about the Toyota Prius Prime, Antarctic Larsen C ice shelf, and nuclear cargo shipping, for example. Have a look at the most popular stories of the past week


How The Terrorists Won — Part 2, The Economy

January 29th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Part 1 of "How The Terrorists Won" dealt with the mental-emotional ways in which we have been losing to terrorists and simply fueling more terrorism. However, there are also very practical, nuts-and-bolts ways that the terrorists have been successful at weakening the US — it's nothing they can do on their own, but we have been enthusiastically falling into their trap


Beware Of Trump Trolls & Fake Supporters — From Russia, D.C., & Elsewhere

January 24th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As someone who covered climate science during the Russian-fabricated "climategate" scandal and who has moderated thousands of comment threads (tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands of comments) on clean energy, electric vehicle, and climate matters for approximately 7 years, I have come to learn a few things about the "democratic web."


Renewables = Over 50% New Electricity Capacity But 16% Of Energy Investment

January 24th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Only 18% of energy investment in renewables despite >50% of new power capacity being renewables is, to me, a sign that the carbon bubble is still growing, but it's also a giant Post-it note telling investors that it's time to shift focus and put money into the future ... if they want the future to be kind to them


Saudi Arabia: Fossil Fuels Are Cleaner … Wait, What? (Exclusive Video)

January 23rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Saudi Arabia's Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid A. Al-Falih, who is also chairman of Saudi Aramco, the world's "most valuable" company, was interviewed in Abu Dhabi for Global Action Day last week. I happened to be in attendance and captured Al-Falih making some "interesting" comments


Renewables Now Cheapest, But How To Enable Faster Renewable Energy Growth?

January 22nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Renewable energy is now the cheapest option, on average, for new electricity capacity around the world — developed countries like the US as well as developing countries. As I noted the other day, we need to keep channeling this message to the broader public, and especially decision-makers, but there are other things to do in order to increase renewable energy growth



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