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 going solar in PG&E territory

Ben Zientara

September 20, 2021

Guide to going solar in PG&E territory

Our guide to getting solar panels for your home if you’re a Pacific Gas & Electric customer. PG&E solar programs can ensure you save a lot for years to come.

S-Energy solar panels review - are they worth buying?

Ben Zientara

September 9, 2021

S-Energy solar panels review - are they worth buying?

S-Energy is a brand known for its low-cost, high-quality solar panels. Are they the right choice for your home solar project? Find out here.

Seraphim solar panels review - Are they a good brand?

Ben Zientara

September 7, 2021

Seraphim solar panels review - Are they a good brand?

Our expert review of Seraphim solar panels, a Tier 1 Chinese solar panel manufacturer that offers good products at decent prices.

Net metering 3.0 in California: What homeowners need to know

Ben Zientara

August 11, 2021

Net metering 3.0 in California: What homeowners need to know

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.

What residential solar installers need to stop doing immediately

Ben Zientara

June 9, 2021

What residential solar installers need to stop doing immediately

Some solar installers use inflated estimates of utility price growth to make it seem like savings will be higher than they likely will. It’s time to stop.

Best solar monitoring systems for 2021

Ben Zientara

May 21, 2021

Best solar monitoring systems for 2021

Solar monitoring systems help homeowners see whether their solar panels are working and how much electricity they make, tracked over time to compare.

How much electricity prices increase per year in the U.S.

Ben Zientara

May 19, 2021

How much electricity prices increase per year in the U.S.

The average electricity cost increase per year in the U.S. is about 2-3%, but several factors can affect that rate for individual states and utility companies.

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.

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.