About Ben Zientara

Ben Zientara - Author of Solar Reviews

Ben Zientara

Solar Policy Analyst and Researcher

Ben is a writer, researcher, and data analysis expert who has worked for clients in the sustainability, public administration, and clean energy sectors.

He entered the solar industry in 2014, joining Solar Power Rocks to lead the team that put together its annual State Solar Power Rankings Report, which has been cited by a diverse mix of advocacy groups and media like PolitiFact, The Guardian, The Center for American Progress, The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, and the Solar Institute at George Washington University. He’s now joined SolarReviews to add his expertise to the content development team and expand the site’s coverage of state solar policy and incentives.

Ben holds a B.S. in Scientific & Technical Communication from the University of Minnesota, with special coursework in Environmental Science and a minor in Sustainability Studies. He spends his time away from the solar power world cooking and eating delicious food or spending quality time with his family in the mountains, woods, parks, and playgrounds of the Portland, Oregon area.

Recent articles by Ben Zientara

Key takeaways from RE+ 2022

Ben Zientara

September 29, 2022

Key takeaways from RE+ 2022

RE+ 2022 took place in Anaheim, CA from September 19th to the 22nd. Here’s the most important news for the solar industry from the show!

How and why to use solar panels to charge an electric car

Ben Zientara

December 11, 2018

How and why to use solar panels to charge an electric car

Electric cars and home solar panels are a match made in heaven. Just a few panels on your roof can make all the “fuel” your electric vehicle needs - for life.

Wisconsin net metering: selling electricity back to the grid

Ben Zientara

September 21, 2022

Wisconsin net metering: selling electricity back to the grid

Wisconsin’s solar net metering allows homeowners to send power back to the grid and earn credit on their electricity bills. Here’s how it works.

LADWP solar programs, incentives, and net metering

Ben Zientara

September 19, 2022

LADWP solar programs, incentives, and net metering

LADWP offers several solar programs for its customers, including net metering, Solar Rooftops, and Shared Solar. Save money with solar in Los Angeles!

Expert review of Qcells solar panels for 2022

Ben Zientara

February 26, 2021

Expert review of Qcells solar panels for 2022

A complete review of Qcells solar panels, including their efficiency, warranty, and cost. If you’ve gotten a solar quote featuring Qcells, learn more about them here.

SunPower monitoring system review and comparison

Ben Zientara

September 15, 2022

SunPower monitoring system review and comparison

If you’re considering going solar with SunPower, read this to learn how their solar monitoring solution stacks up against the competition.

Perovskite solar cells: why they’re the future of solar power

Ben Zientara

April 23, 2021

Perovskite solar cells: why they’re the future of solar power

Perovskites are the most promising solar cell technology in the world, and they might be on your roof soon. Here’s how they work & when they’ll be available.

Bluetti solar generator expert review: choose the right one for you

Ben Zientara

September 1, 2022

Bluetti solar generator expert review: choose the right one for you

Bluetti primarily makes portable solar generators, battery backup systems, and foldable solar panels. Check out our expert review today.

Cost of electricity in Los Angeles: How to save money with LADWP

Ben Zientara

August 23, 2022

Cost of electricity in Los Angeles: How to save money with LADWP

Learn more about the cost of electricity in Los Angeles and find out how you can save money with LADWP.