About Zachary Shahan

Zachary Shahan is tryin' to help society help itself (and other species) one letter at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director and chief editor. Otherwise, he's probably enthusiastically fulfilling his duties as the director/editor of EV Obsession, Gas2, Solar Love, Planetsave, or Bikocity; or as president of Important Media. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, energy storage, and wind energy expert. If you would like him to speak at a related conference or event, connect with him via social media: ZacharyShahan.com. Zach has long-term investments in TSLA, SCTY, FSLR, SPWR, SEDG, & ABB. After years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in these companies and feels like they are good companies to invest in.

Author Archives: Zachary Shahan

10 Cleantech Solutions Your City Should Implement

December 8th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Cities are where most of the world's people live, and they can make the move toward cleantech and away from burning up the planet go much, much — much — faster. In fact, some policies could trump critical levers like ZEV mandates, and if adopted broadly, make the ZEV transition happen faster than most of us think possible

10 Best Electric Cars For The Money (Right Now)

December 7th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Following my post on "10 Top Cleantech Christmas Gifts" and other recent discussions, I thought it made sense to write an article on what I think are the "best electric cars for the money" right now. Naturally, this is a subjective top 10 list. Because of the difficulty in comparing some models and the subjective nature of the list, I'm not ranking these 10 — these are just, overall, the 10 electric cars that I think offer the best value for the money

10 Top Cleantech Christmas Gifts

December 4th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

CleanTechnica is largely a consumer-oriented website, so it seemed like we should do one of those "top 10 gifts" thingies. Here's my shot at 10 top cleantech Christmas gifts (or Hanukkah gifts, Kwanzaa gifts, winter is long and cold gifts, etc.)

1 Million Pure EVs Worldwide: EV Revolution Begins!

November 22nd, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

The new electric car models hitting the market right now and in the coming year are a huge leap ahead of models that have been on the market for the past several years, but even without these new models, 1 million pure electric vehicles are now on roads worldwide! That's according to new data from EV Volumes

Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week

November 20th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

Curious what your fellow travellers considered the most interesting CleanTechnica stories of the week? Have a gander at the most-viewed stories below

Every US State & Every Country Can Become An “Energy Giant” Via Solar

November 17th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

While editing an in-depth article on Arizona solar energy this week, this line caught my attention: "With over 375 solar companies serving the value chain in Arizona, there are more than 6,900 people employed in the state’s solar market." 6,900 jobs in a state like Arizona is a big deal, and the solar industry is just getting started!

Tesla’s SolarCity Acquisition Approved

November 17th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

As Elon Musk expected, Tesla's acquisition of SolarCity was overwhelmingly approved by shareholders. Over 85% of shareholders approved. Interestingly, that matches up quite closely with reader surveys we conducted. In our initial survey, 74% of respondents supported the acquisition. In our second survey a few months later, 89% of respondents supported the acquisition

Tesla Model 3, Trump, Trump, Trump … (Top 20 CleanTechnica Stories of the Week)

November 13th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

The following were the 20 most popular articles of the past week. If you haven't strolled down that far, note that several of the political ones have hundreds of comments underneath them — I definitely think you should read them as well. We have an amazing and absurdly well informed and thoughtful commenting community. A wonderful community. The best. The comments are even better than the articles, some people say

Democrats, This Is A Wakeup Call — You Better Fuckin’ Wake Up!

November 12th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

If Democrats, Greens, and Independents are disgusted at the result of the election, and super fearful of what is to come, that could lead to an unprecedented progressive movement. Donald Trump could have been a gift that indirectly produces more good than harm. But that means three things

How Will Republican Politicians Proceed Following The Election? & Can The GOP Survive?

November 11th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

The 2016 US presidential election — no matter who you ask — has been an unprecedented affair. The candidate at the top of the Republican ticket has no background in government and seemingly not more knowledge of political matters than he's gleaned from watching Fox News, listening to and golfing with Rush Limbaugh, and trying to bribe politicians

What Is The Role Of The Media?

November 11th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

(Note: This article is genuinely about the media — not the US presidential election. Part of it, of course, is based on my understanding of the world, politicians and political parties, and the facts. So, if you are pro-Trump or Republican, I hope you can get past a few partisan statements here in order to get through the whole article, since the points of it all are non-partisan and I think very important.)

Cleantech With A President Trump

November 9th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

The US presidential election is over. I know many of you are waiting for my initial comments on what this means for cleantech. Donald Trump's candidacy has been so devoid of specific policy proposals, he has flip-flopped so many times on a large variety of issues, and he has so little (er ... no) experience in government, that this question is more up in the air than not. Nonetheless, I will present several documented facts, some probabilities, and some pure speculation in the article below

The Irony

November 5th, 2016 | by Zachary Shahan

We're on the verge of electing the first female president in US history (long after women won the top political positions in the UK, Germany, Norway, Argentina, Israel, India, Sri Lanka, Jamaica, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Bangladesh, France, Poland, Turkey, Pakistan, Peru, etc.). Yet, her final opponent has bragged about sexually assaulting women and has been accused of doing so by a dozen or more women

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