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

Energy Giant Engie Buys EV Charging Leader EV-Box (Exclusive Interview)

March 15th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As you probably saw, I was one of the keynote speakers at EV-Box's inaugural rEVolution summit. I noticed ahead of time that the inspiring Engie exec Thierry Lepercq was going to be one of the other speakers, but I did not anticipate the huge news that was to come. At the very end of the summit, EV-Box CEO Kristof Vereenooghe slow-walked us through the announcement, somewhat teasing the audience as he unveiled that EV-Box had just become a part of Engie


Idea! Let’s Bring The USA 30–100 Years Back In Time!

March 12th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

If you're a thinking person, you know that the USA was once a wonderful utopia of happiness, economic prosperity, equality, and a tremendously high quality of life — maybe 30 years or so ago, maybe 40 or 50, maybe 100. I don't know when, but I do know one thing — it was once a paradise like you can't even imagine today


Bonkers, Paranoid, & Potentially Trapped Donald Trump vs Mike Pence — Who Would Be Worse?

March 11th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

I saw the following title on Google News and broke out with a quiet but spontaneous midnight laugh: Is Donald Trump bonkers, paranoid or trapped? The answer is quite likely "all of the above," of course, which is probably why it was so funny. However, I think the bigger question is, "Who's more dangerous as president — Donald Trump or Mike Pence?" I'll get back to that question after quickly running down the idea that Trump is bonkers, paranoid, and/or trapped


How Can You Most Effectively Defeat Trump’s Oil & Gas Cronies? #DropPollution #DropCorruption

March 10th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Yes, Donald Trump's so-called "presidency" is about much more than oil & gas. Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, & other hyper-racist faux news sources have filled Trump ("Don the Con," as some people call him ... as I've heard some people say) with a tremendous amount of crazy-person hate for "others." I don't have to describe who those "others" are, I hope, but it is a wonder that Don the Con is so keen to have dark skin despite being so seemingly scared of dark-skinned people


What If Trump & Pruitt Do Clobber US & California Fuel Economy Standards?

March 9th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

As a couple of our writers have highlighted this week, there may be a war brewing between California and the US Environmental Protection Agency. If that seems strange to you (knowing that California is super green and the EPA is all about keeping our world green), note that the United States under Donald J. Trump has a dude running the EPA who basically wants to see the EPA destroyed — so, yes, we are living in backwards land at the moment


US Electric Car Sales Up 68% In February

March 6th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

US electric car sales jumped approximately 68% in February 2017 vs February 2016. Fully electric car sales were up 74%, while plug-in hybrid sales were up 61%. For the first two months of the year, that puts all plug-in car sales up 64%, fully electric car sales up 57%, and plug-in hybrid sales up 72%


What If Obama Had Done it?

March 5th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

For years, many Republicans falsely claimed that Obama was not born in the US (and thus wasn't our legitimate president), that he's Muslim (he's actually Christian), that he hates America (so obviously absurd that the claim baffles the mind), etc., etc. All the while, Obama maintained his composure and was "presidential" for his entire 8 years as president. Try to imagine for a minute if he wasn't. And try to imagine he had serious conflicts of interest and strong ties to anti-democratic, anti-USA countries. What would the haters have been yelling if he crossed the lines Trump has crossed


100% Wind In Denmark … 30% Cut In Coal In Beijing … 7,000 Solar Railways In India … (Top 30 CleanTechnica Stories of the Month)

March 3rd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

If you want to know my favorite stories of the month, check out this, this, this, and this. I can't go through the impossible challenge of trying to nail down my 30 favorites of the month from those summaries. However, an objective ranking based on pageviews is always fun, so here are the 30 most popular stories from February


Pope Goes Electric

March 2nd, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Pope Francis has been very outspoken about the dangers of global warming, the importance of environmental stewardship, and the corruption of greed — with what seemed like a particular focus on Donald Trump and the USA last year


Will US Solar Growth Continue To Shock, Explode, & Demolish Under Trump/Bannon/Pence?

February 28th, 2017 | by Zachary Shahan

Solar power growth was more dramatic than almost anyone expected during the Obama administration. That was largely due to global factors — incentives in other countries that ramped up demand in those countries, a subsequent burst in manufacturing capacity (especially in China), and the dramatic drop in solar panel costs that resulted (globally)


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



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