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Site Director

Zach Shahan spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as director and chief editor. He also leads the in-the-flesh Cleantech Revolution Tour. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy and electric vehicle expert. If you would like him to speak at a related conference or event, connect via CleanTechnica‘s contact page. You can connect with Zach on any popular social networking site you like. Links to all of his main social media profiles are on ZacharyShahan.com.

Vice President of Biz Development

Kyle Field is a tech geek passionately in search of actionable ways to reduce the negative impact his life has on the planet, save money, and reduce stress. He strives to live intentionally, make conscious decisions, love more, act responsibly, and to play. Kyle and his wife own a Tesla Model 3 and a Mercedes B-Class Electric. Kyle is performing a long-term review of the Model 3 for CleanTechnica.

Chief Inspector of Commas, VP of Operations

lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good homegrown food, with fresh-roasted chiles at the top of his list of favorites. Derek has been covering solar power and energy efficiency for years, and lived off the grid for awhile. He handles the technical side of the site, as well as a fair bit of editing and general troubleshooting.

Accounts Management & VP of Sales

Andrea manages all the accounts and partnerships for CleanTechnica (contact her for advertising questions). She has been a long-time contributor to CleanTechnica and various other sustainability platforms across the web. She recently published her first vegan cookbook. She lives the good green life in Honolulu, cooking vegan food for friends, practicing yoga, surfing small waves, bike commuting, reading all the books, and blogging. Find more from Andrea on Instagram and Twitter.

Senior Reporters

Tina Casey is a freelance writer specializing in military and corporate sustainability, advanced technology, emerging materials, biofuels, and water and wastewater issues. She is a regular contributor to CleanTechnica and TriplePundit. She is also currently Deputy Director of Public Information for the County of Union, New Jersey. Many of Tina’s articles have been reposted on Reuters, Scientific American, and other mainstream media sites. You can also follow her on Twitter @TinaMCasey, and on Tumblr.

Joshua S Hill is a Christian, a nerd, a geek, a liberal left-winger, and believes that we’re pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! Josh is an author and writer from Melbourne, Australia. His first book is in the “looking for an agent” phase right now while he writes his second. He also reviews fantasy books over at Fantasy Book Review (.co.uk). Josh loves words with a passion, both creating them and reading them. You can follow Josh on Twitter @JoshSHill.

Steve Hanley writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island. He is a car nut with a salacious sense of humor who is passionate about addressing global warming. Current writing obsessions include Tesla, Elon Musk, electric cars, electric trucks, rooftop solar energy, home energy storage, and ecotourism. You can follow Steve on Google+ and on Twitter.

Mridul Chadha currently works as Head of News & Data at Climate Connect Limited, a market research and analytics firm in the renewable energy and carbon markets domain. He earned his Master’s in Technology degree from The Energy & Resources Institute in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Mridul has a keen interest in renewable energy sector in India and emerging carbon markets like China and Australia. You can follow Mridul’s green tweets @mridul (looks like he was an early Twitter adopter).

Susan Kraemer writes at CleanTechnica, CSP-Today and Renewable Energy World. She has also been published at Wind Energy Update, Solar Plaza, Earthtechling PV-Insider, and GreenProphet, Ecoseed, NRDC OnEarth, MatterNetwork, Celsius, EnergyNow, and Scientific American. As a former serial entrepreneur in product design, Susan brings an innovator’s perspective on inventing a carbon-constrained civilization: If necessity is the mother of invention, solving climate change is the mother of all necessities! As a lover of history and sci-fi, she enjoys chronicling the strange future we are creating in these interesting times.    Follow Susan on Twitter @dotcommodity.

Nicolas Zart was born and raised around classic cars of the 1920s, it wasn’t until Nicolas drove one of the first Tesla Roadsters that the light went on. Eager to spread the news about those amazing full torque electric vehicles, he started writing in 2007. Since then, his passion led to cover renewable energy, test drive many cars, do podcasts and film everything that is new and efficient. Nicolas offers an in depth look at the e-mobility world through interviews and the many contacts he made in those industries.

Michael Barnard has been analyzing and publishing reports and articles on decarbonization technologies, business models and policies. His pieces on electrical generation transformation and electrification of transportation have been published in CleanTechnica, Newsweek, Slate, Forbes, Huffington Post, Quartz, RenewEconomy, RenewablesInternational and Gizmag, as well as included in textbooks. Third-party articles on his analyses and interviews with Mike have been published in dozens of news sites globally and have reached #1 on Reddit Science. Much of his work originates on Quora.com, where Mike has been a Top Writer annually since 2012. He also has published a climate-fiction novel, Guangzhou Future Tense.

Jose Pontes has always been interested in the auto industry, particularly in electric cars, Jose has been overviewing the sales evolution of plug-ins through the EV Sales blog since 2012, allowing him to gain an expert view on where EVs are right now and where they are headed in the future. The EV Sales blog has become a go-to source for people interested in electric car sales around the world. Extending that work and expertise, Jose is now a partner in EV-Volumes and works with the European Alternative Fuels Observatory on EV sales matters.

Chris Dragon I grew up programming on an Apple IIe and now run a software company. Despite a hatred of family camping trips, I’ve always had a deep concern for the creatures we share this planet with. In respect of those creatures, I spent a number of years working at an environmental non-profit, but these days I just try to live with sustainability and encourage others to do the same. I’ve even come to tolerate camping trips!

Susanna Schick is passionate about anything fast and electric. As long as it’s only got two wheels. She covers electric motorcycle racing events, test rides electric motorcycles, and interviews industry leaders. Occasionally she deigns to cover automobile events in Los Angeles for us as well. However, she dreams of a day when Los Angeles’ streets resemble the two-wheeled paradise she discovered living in Barcelona and will not rest until she’s converted the masses to two-wheeled bliss.

Carolyn Fortuna writes from her home in Chepachet, RI, where she advocates with her lake association for chemical-free solutions to eradicate invasive species. She’s an organic gardener, nature lover, and vegetarian (no red meat since 1980) who draws upon digital media literacy and learning to spread the word about sustainability issues. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+


John Farrell directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at ILSR, and focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. John authored Democratizing the Electricity System, which describes how to blast the roadblocks to distributed renewable energy generation, and Energy Self-Reliant States, which serves as the definitive energy atlas for the United States — detailing state-by-state renewable electricity generation potential. Farrell regularly provides discussion and analysis of distributed renewable energy policy on his blog, Energy Self-Reliant States. John Farrell can also be found on Twitter @johnffarrell, or at jfarrell@ilsr.org.

Giles Parkinson is the founding editor of RenewEconomy.com.au, an Australian-based website that provides news and analysis on cleantech, carbon, and climate issues. Giles is based in Sydney and is watching the (slow, but quickening) transformation of Australia’s energy grid with great interest. Giles has a particularly strong focus on decentralization of the electricity grid, and especially rooftop solar. He also provides very insightful commentary on Australian and global climate policy and politics.

 is the editor of the ECOreport, a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of North America. He is a research junkie who has written hundreds of articles since he was first published in 1982, but is particularly fond these days of writing about energy storage, clean transportation options, renewable energy, and the wacky world of modern politics. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.

Adam Johnston is in the process of becoming a freelance social media coordinator for small businesses. He is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg, with a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications. Adam is a ‘bright green’ environmentalist who believes in the power of economic and business opportunity in cleantech to bring more people to environmental issues. Beyond cleantech, you can also find his writings about soccer and other technology topics, including video games, on www.adammjohnston.wordpress.com and various other sites. You can follow Adam on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg.

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