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Zach Shahan spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as the director/chief editor. Otherwise, he’s probably enthusiastically fulfilling his duties as the director/editor of Solar Love, EV Obsession, Planetsave, or Bikocity. Zach is recognized globally as a solar energy, electric car, and wind energy expert. If you would like him to speak at a related conference or event, connect with him via social media.

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.

Chief Assistant Inspector of Commas

 lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good 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.

Catch up with Derek on TwitterRebelMouseGoogle+, or at his natural parenting site, Natural Papa!

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, TriplePundit, and IdeaLab.Talkingpointsmemo.com, and she is currently Deputy Director of Public Information for the County of Union, New Jersey.

Tina’s articles are reposted frequently on Reuters, Scientific American, and many other sites. You can also follow her on Twitter @TinaMCasey, and on Tumblr.

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. Live intentionally, make conscious decisions, love more, act responsibly, play. The more you know, the less you need.

Kyle and his wife own a Tesla Model S and a Mercedes B-Class Electric, and he is performing a long-term review of the Model S for CleanTechnica.

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.

‘s background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

You can follow James and his prolific work on Google+.

Mridul Chadha currently works as Head-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).

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.

You can follow Steve on Google+ and on Twitter.

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. His latest paper, Democratizing the Electricity System, describes how to blast the roadblocks to distributed renewable energy generation, and how such small-scale renewable energy projects are the key to the biggest strides in renewable energy development.

Farrell also authored the landmark report 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, and articles are regularly syndicated on Grist and Renewable Energy World. 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 (www.theecoreport.com), a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of North America and writes for both CleanTechncia and PlanetSave. He is a research junkie who has written hundreds of articles since he was first published in 1982. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.


Nicholas Brown has a keen interest in physics-intensive topics such as electricity generation, refrigeration and air conditioning technology, energy storage, geography, and much more.

Nicholas is especially knowledgable about cars, electric vehicle batteries, and solar technology. He also writes on sister site Gas2 and on his own website, kompulsa.com.

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.

Adam recently worked as a commodities and grains reporter for a newswire service. Stories that he covered included currency, weather, and biofuels. Adam is also working on a book pertaining to sustainable development. 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.

  • Bob_Wallace

    Important Media is the mothership. Multiple sites operate under IM ownership.

    Just fill out the form that opens.

  • Mike Carey

    Shouldn’t you folks be featuring this guy on your site. Cheers.

    Marc Edwards

    “We actually host several open houses a year for the company that installed our solar system; usually at least one Saturday a month from May until August during the summer. We are far from a model home, We have a simple 1800 sq ft 3 bed -2 bath in a suburb of Los Angeles, I doubt we are worth having anyone write a story about us..

    “We are currently working on a grey water reclamation system for the home as well since we are in a drought stricken area. The end goal being to reclaim all sink, shower, and dishwasher water; 150 gallon under-ground tank that with a filtering system that recycles the water back so it can be used for toilet flushing and irrigating the landscape.

    “My personal take is that every home should be a self sufficient as possible,and in the event of an earthquake or other type disaster we are setup to be able to provide for ourselves as much as possible, I also have 200 gallons of emergency water storage.

    “While living off the grid is not really an option in suburbia, I am as self sufficient as I can be while still being tied in to the utility services.

    “I’ve done the math, and within 5 years from when we started (2012) we should have everything paid off and have a near zero utility expense for the next 20 years.. My utilities (water, gas, electric) were running ~$8,000 a year, I have cut the electric out completely, gas is reduced by 70% and water by 30% so far and the grey water system should reduce it another 30%-40%. So I am pulling that $8,000 a year down to about $1,000 for gas and water, and zero for electric.
    Even with the small amount of maintenance or repair costs for the systems we have in place, it will never equal what we were spending annually just for the utility services, addition ally we have control over every aspect and the continued rising costs of all these service will not directly impact us.”


  • R Jense

    Great site! Have you done anything on super high speed rail? It would be great to see a feature on ET3 technology…..

  • Henry

    Hi NREL,
    Great site…. I am interested in the latest thin film mylar solar products that can be used on windows. What companies make this type of product? This would be for retrofit and new construction.

  • Ramon

    In the same way you have key topics on the main page’s side (solar, wind, e.cars, …) you should have one about energy storage. Remember that this is one of the key attacks against renewables. Without such easy access, one has to dig deep to find the key articles about that topic.

    • stgore

      According to one of the authors on CT, storage is a “RED FLAG” when it comes to wind power tech.

      Awesome material coming from some of the CT ‘authors’ these days on such pertinent topics.
      /end sarcasm

  • Really wonderful and very useful site in all aspects of technology and it’s contribution to the society… hearty thanks to each and everyone of you to making it possible….

    • Thanks! Want to do 1,000 times more, but do what we can. 😀

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  • Bob_Wallace

    Very top of page, Stan.

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  • I just found this site and I love it! Wish I had found it sooner 🙂 Many thanks for all the work you guys put into it.

  • Thanks, but we’re good for now. Editing on this site goes far beyond grammar, so it cannot really be outsourced. Thanks, though.

  • Engr. Md. Mizanur Rahman

    I got offer from my Bangladeshi govt. to establish sixty mw csp power plant, so please contac with me. I have fund but need technology.

  • Yuriko Watanabe

    I am pretty worrying about the nuclear power plants. I hope to become the bridge to convey the clean and safe energy to people. Who can join your team? If I can do anything, I will be able to do something.

    • Share our stuff far and wide! 😀 It’s more useful than people think. 😀

    • Bob_Wallace

      Where do you live Yuriko?

      How about joining in the conversations and bring us news from your part of the world. We’re all in this mess together and solutions should be shared.

  • Babs

    How do you join your team?

  • Excellent work! Thank you for your outstanding reporting and graphics.

  • Great site. Arrived via an article by Tina on hot pot bacteria that chomp through cellulose, but I can see I’ll be back to read more.

  • M Bouricius

    Nice site, great information! Exactly the topics keeping me bussy..

  • Giri

    Is it possible to raise loans from Financial Institutions (within and outside of India) for solar projects in India ?

  • Hi – Impressive team – If you would be interested in a guest post do let me know. Best James

  • Clare

    The site has lots of good stories on the most pressing problem facing humanity today and I’ll be returning to it. But there are some unpleasant writing/editing lapses (confusion of “it’s” with its, misplacement of “only” as in “You will ONLY get new articles from us” on this very page,…) that lower its credibility.

    • Typos happen. Unfort., we don’t have a full-time, or even part-time, proofreader. That said, I’m not sure what the problem is with the use of “only” in our email sign-up box. This is common placement of the word when you are emphasizing that word. Placement of words can change from their normal placement when being emphasized. But perhaps I’m missing something.

      • Eduardo Martinez

        Zachary, hi, I work for TerViva BioEnergy, featured in a great post by Tina Casey and I’m trying to contact her. Is there a suitable email address or phone for your organization?
        Eduardo Martinez, Austin TX

        • Hello,

          I just forwarded that comment to her. She should be getting in touch with you. Shoot me an email at zach@importantmedia.org if she doesn’t get in touch with you shortly.

          Thank You


  • Jeff Sullivan

    Love the site. You guys stay up-to-date with the latest trends and innovations. This site is my #1 source when it comes to hearing about clean technologies. Keep up the good work!

    • Awesome, thanks! 😀

      We have a lot of people obsessive about keeping up with the latest news and developments 😀

      Happy you like us 😀

      • stgore

        What changed in the last 2 years that CT now promotes authors who write hit pieces against renewable energy companies’ respective technologies?


        Have we come to advertising “date arab girls” such as the banner ad to the right column would indicate?

        No company in it’s right mind would pay to advertise on a site which allows hit pieces to be written against renewable tech in this manner.

        Food for thought.

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