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

Guide to Pennsylvania net metering in 2022

Ben Zientara

May 19, 2022

Guide to Pennsylvania net metering in 2022

Pennsylvania's net metering program is one of the best perks of installing solar panels.

Sharp solar panels: how they compare to other top brands

Ben Zientara

March 19, 2021

Sharp solar panels: how they compare to other top brands

Sharp offers solar panels for home and commercial solar installations. Here’s more about them and how they compare to other top brands.

Low-income solar incentives in the US

Ben Zientara

July 2, 2020

Low-income solar incentives in the US

Across the US, several states have programs that provide free solar panels for low-income households.

NEM 3.0 in California: What homeowners need to know about net metering

Ben Zientara

August 11, 2021

NEM 3.0 in California: What homeowners need to know about net metering

After NEM 3.0 is enacted in California, the Golden State will likely not have a true net metering system, with reduced compensation and increased monthly fees on solar owners.

Should you choose a lead acid battery for solar storage?

Ben Zientara

November 27, 2020

Should you choose a lead acid battery for solar storage?

Are lead acid batteries right for you? They may be an old technology, but the design still works well. Deep cycle lead acid batteries are a great way to store solar energy.

Some Powerhome Solar customers feel scammed: how to avoid falling victim to solar scams & what to do if it happens to you

Ben Zientara

April 23, 2022

Some Powerhome Solar customers feel scammed: how to avoid falling victim to solar scams & what to do if it happens to you

Powerhome Solar has been in the news lately because of its many dissatisfied customers. Here’s why those customers are upset and how to protect yourself from a bad solar company.

Solar Ready Vets and other solar jobs programs for veterans

Ben Zientara

August 11, 2020

Solar Ready Vets and other solar jobs programs for veterans

The Solar Ready Vets program helps soldiers get training and secure jobs in the solar industry.

The Hawaii Oahu Battery Bonus program is a great way to save on battery storage

Ben Zientara

May 5, 2022

The Hawaii Oahu Battery Bonus program is a great way to save on battery storage

HECO is offering to pay solar homeowners in Hawaii thousands of dollars to install battery storage. We cover everything you need to know about the incentive in our latest blog.

Guide to net metering in Florida - 2022 update

Ben Zientara

February 23, 2022

Guide to net metering in Florida - 2022 update

Does Florida do net metering? Is net metering going away? Here are the answers to your questions about net metering in the Sunshine State.