Our Team

Partner & COO

Scott Cooney is a serial eco-entrepreneur. He has been the solo founder of four mission-driven startups, including CleanTechnica, which, by the end of 2023, has educated more than 170 million unique people about clean tech climate solutions. Scott then started Pono Home, which has, by the end of 2023, performed efficiency retrofits on more than 18,000 homes and small businesses, reducing carbon pollution by more than 28M pounds annually, saving more than 550M gallons of water per year, and saving Hawaii homeowners and renters more than $8 million a year on their utilities. Previously, Scott was an adjunct professor of Sustainability in the MBA program at the University of Hawai’i, a green business startup coach, and author of Build a Green Small Business: Profitable Ways to Become an Ecopreneur (McGraw-Hill), and Green Living Ideas. If you would like Scott to speak at a related conference or event, connect via CleanTechnica‘s contact page.

Partner & CEO

Zach Shahan is tryin’ to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its chief editor, one of its main writers, and the company’s CEO. He has been running the news & analysis site since 2010.

Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. If you would like him to speak at a related conference or event, connect via CleanTechnica‘s contact page. You can follow Zach on X @zshahan3.

Vice President of Operations

Derek Markham lives on a small homestead and farm in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, fungi, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves fresh roasted chiles, peanut butter on everything, and buckets of coffee.

Derek is a primary CleanTechnica editor, inserting neglected commas and catching countless typos on a daily basis. He also manages ad operations, takes care of IT issues, and generally puts out fires wherever he’s pointed. He also writes an article from time to time. Catch up with Derek on Twitter or Instagram.

Business Development Director

Jo Borrás has been involved in motorsports and tuning since 1997, and has been a part of CleanTechnica for more than a decade. You can find him here, working on his Volvo fansite, riding a motorcycle around Chicago, or chasing his kids around Oak Park.

Global Communications & Development Manager

Danielle Garland (LinkedIn) is a California native and long-time San Francisco resident, and is passionate about all things sustainable. She loves hiking, backpacking, cycling, plant-based cooking, and traveling just about anywhere, near and far. With a background in project management, writing/editing, and communications, Danielle joined the CleanTechnica staff in 2020. She is thrilled to be part of this committed, enthusiastic team with a critical mission to foster the cleantech revolution.

Director of Digital Media

Chanan Bos grew up in a multicultural, multi-lingual environment that often gives him a unique perspective on a variety of topics. He is always in thought about big picture topics like AI, quantum physics, philosophy, Universal Basic Income, climate change, sci-fi concepts like the singularity, misinformation, and the list goes on. Currently, he is studying creative media & technology and already has diplomas in environmental sciences as well as business & management.

Chanan’s goal is to discourage linear thinking, bias, and confirmation bias whilst encouraging out-of-the-box thinking and helping people understand exponential progress. Chanan is very worried about his future and the future of humanity. That is why he has a tremendous admiration for Elon Musk and his companies, foremost because of their missions, philosophy, and intent to help humanity and its future. He sees Tesla as one of the few companies that can help us save ourselves from climate change.

Senior Reporters

Michael Barnard is Chief Strategist with TFIE Strategy Inc and co-founder of two current startups. He works with startups, existing businesses and investors to identify opportunities for significant bottom line growth and cost takeout in our rapidly transforming world. He is editor of The Future is Electric and designing for health. He regularly publishes analyses of low-carbon technology and policy in sites including Newsweek, Slate, Forbes, Huffington Post, Quartz, and RenewEconomy, as well as CleanTechnica, and his work is regularly included in textbooks. Third-party articles on his analyses and interviews have been published in dozens of news sites globally and have reached #1 on Reddit Science. He’s available for consulting engagements, speaking engagements and Board positions.

Kyle Field is a tech geek passionately in search of actionable ways to reduce the negative impact my life has on the planet, save money and reduce stress. He strives to live intentionally, make conscious decisions, love more, act responsibly, play. The more you know, the less you need. Kyle has owned five electric vehicles — a Nissan LEAF, Tesla Model S, Mercedes-Benz B250e, Tesla Model 3, and a Tesla Model Y Performance. He also has a Tesla Solar Roof and three Tesla Powerwalls. He routinely writes review articles about these on CleanTechnica.

 

Jose Pontes has been overviewing the sales evolution of plug-in vehicles 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, as well as publishing several monthly sales reports on CleanTechnica — for Europe, China, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Dr. Maximilian Holland is an anthropologist, social theorist and international political economist, trying to ask questions and encourage critical thinking about social and environmental justice, sustainability and the human condition. He has lived and worked in Europe and Asia, and is currently based in Barcelona. Find Max’s book on social theory, follow Max on twitter @Dr_Maximilian and at MaximilianHolland.com, or contact him via LinkedIn.

Steve Hanley writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Florida, or anywhere else the Singularity may lead him. Steve is passionate about social justice, progressive principles, and infusing every article with a good dose of humor. Don’t miss out on the fun! You can follow Steve on Twitter, but not on any social media platforms run by evil overlords like Facebook.

Tina Casey specializes in military and corporate sustainability, advanced technology, emerging materials, biofuels, and water and wastewater issues. She loves to cover emerging and may-emerge-someday cleantech, including scientific advancements from universities and research labs around the globe. Tina’s articles have been reposted to Reuters, Scientific American, and many other sites. Follow Tina on Twitter @TinaMCasey.

Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai has been fascinated with batteries since he was in primary school. As part of his high school physics class he had to choose an elective course. He picked the renewable energy course and he has been hooked ever since. At university he continued to explore materials with applications in the energy space and ending up doing a PhD involving the study of radiation damage in high-temperature gas-cooled nuclear reactors. He has since transitioned to work in the solar and energy storage industry and his love for batteries has driven him to obsess about electric vehicles.

Carolyn Fortuna, Ph.D. is a writer, researcher, and educator with a lifelong dedication to ecojustice. She’s won awards from the Anti-Defamation League, The International Literacy Association, and The Leavy Foundation. Carolyn has been writing about cleantech from business, cultural, and consumer angles since 2016 and has been a first-generation Nissan LEAF owner since mid-2018. As part of her portfolio divestment, she purchased 5 shares of Tesla stock. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter and Facebook.

Maarten Vinkhuyzen is a grumpy old man. The best thing he did with his life was raising two kids. Maarten only finished primary school, but when you don’t go to school, you have lots of time to read. He switched from accounting to software development and ended his career as a system integrator and architect. Maarten’s 2007 boss got two electric Lotus Elise cars to show policymakers the future direction of energy and transportation. Maarten drives a Renault Zoe and is putting his money where his mouth is as well with shares in Tesla. He intends to keep them until he can trade them for a Tesla car.

Paul Fosse has been a software engineer for over 30 years, first developing EDI software, then developing data warehouse systems. Along the way, he has also had the chance to help start a software consulting firm and do portfolio management. In 2010, Paul took an interest in electric cars because gas was getting expensive. In 2015, he started reading CleanTechnica and took an interest in solar, mainly because it was a threat to his oil and gas investments, which he dropped for a focus on Tesla [TSLA] and other stocks. Paul now drives a Tesla Model 3 and has an order in for a Tesla Model Y. Follow Paul on Twitter @atj721.

Jesper Berggreen had his perspective on the world expanded vastly after having attended primary school in rural Africa in the early 1980s. And while educated a computer programmer and laboratory technician, working with computers and lab-robots at the institute of forensic medicine in Aarhus, Denmark, he never forgets what life is like having nothing. Thus it became obvious for him that technological advancement is necessary for the prosperity of all humankind, sharing this one vessel we call planet earth. However, technology has to be smart, clean, sustainable, widely accessible, and democratic in order to change the world for the better. Writing about clean energy, electric transportation, energy poverty, and related issues, Jesper gets the message through to anyone who wants to know better. Jesper is founder of Lifelike.dk.

Contributors

Winter Wilson is a Cutler Scholar and undergraduate student double majoring in Environmental Studies and Journalism at Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College, with a minor in French. Her academic interests include environmental communication, technology and social innovation, especially as they relate to international climate change mitigation and adaptation. Though Winter attends school in her hometown of Athens, Ohio, she takes advantage of her breaks to explore the world beyond. She spent her most recent break undertaking self-driven research on climate change and environmental justice in Southeast Asia. This year, she will be completing her dual thesis and supplementary documentary series on climate change communication.

Alex Voigt has been a supporter of the mission to transform the world to sustainable carbon free energy for 40 years. As an engineer, he is fascinated with the ability of humankind to develop a better future via the use of technology.

With 30 years of experience in the stock market, Alex is invested in Tesla [TSLA], as well as some other tech companies, for the long term.

Cynthia Shahan started writing after previously doing research and publishing work on natural birth practices. She is a licensed health care provider. She studied and practiced both Waldorf education and Montessori education, and is a mother of four unconditionally loving spirits, teachers, and environmentally conscious beings born with spiritual insights and ethics beyond this world. She was able to advance more in this way led by her children.

Loren McDonald writes about the factors driving adoption of electric vehicles and the opportunities and challenges the transition to EVs presents companies and entrepreneurs in the auto, utility, energy, retail and other industries. His research and content are published on CleanTechnica, his own website, www.EVAdoption.com, and in his upcoming book Gas Station Zero about the huge shifts and changes in multiple industries driven by the transition to battery electric, autonomous, and shared vehicles.

Tim Dixon is getting a PhD and teaching in China, when not researching the Chinese electric car market. His interest in sustainable development started in university and led him to work with Tesla Europe on the Supercharger team before his move to China.

Tim is interested in science fiction, D&D, and travel. You can follow him on Twitter @TimDixon3.

George Harvey is a retired computer engineer who researches and writes on energy and climate change on a daily blog (geoharvey.com) as well as CleanTechnica. He also has a weekly hour-long TV show, Energy Week with George Harvey and Tom Finnell.

In addition to those found at CleanTechnica, many of his articles can be found at greenenergytimes.org.

John Farrell directs the Democratic Energy program at ILSR and he focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. His seminal 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 the 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 (energyselfreliantstates.org), 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.

Harry Stoltz is an aspiring organic chemist, and a volunteer student researcher at the California Institute of Technology. He is fascinated by cutting edge technology and a clean future. Harry is the Lead Space Correspondent for CleanTechnica, which we admittedly do not cover that frequently, and also writes about clean energy, self-driving cars, and battery tech. You can find Harry on Twitter @harrystoltz1.

40 thoughts on “Our Team

  • 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 😀

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

        See:
        http://cleantechnica.com/2014/03/03/airborne-wind-energy-platypuses-instead-cheetahs/

        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.

  • 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.

      • 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

          -Z

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

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • How do you join your team?

  • 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. 😀

    • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • 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.

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  • Very top of page, Stan.

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  • 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. 😀

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.”

    http://www.wired.com/2015/02/size-battery-need-power-house/#comment-1858590306

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

    Just fill out the form that opens.

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