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

How passive solar home design saves you money on energy

Ben Zientara

November 8, 2019

How passive solar home design saves you money on energy

Passive solar design is a way of using surfaces in and around your home to collect energy from the sun and store it as heat for use in the house.

What happens to solar panels in a hurricane?

Ben Zientara

September 17, 2017

What happens to solar panels in a hurricane?

How do solar panels fare in a hurricane? Surprisingly well, it turns out. Learn more about what happens to solar panels in a hurricane today.

President Trump says he loves solar, but “it's not powerful enough yet." He’s wrong.

Ben Zientara

October 23, 2020

President Trump says he loves solar, but “it's not powerful enough yet." He’s wrong.

In the final presidential debate on October 22nd, 2020, President Donald Trump said that solar power isn't powerful enough to run factories. Here’s why that’s wrong.

Roof types: choose the right shape for your home

Ben Zientara

October 22, 2020

Roof types: choose the right shape for your home

If you’re in search of a classic design or ready for a modern masterpiece, many different roof types exist. Here’s a guide to roof shapes and materials.

Roofing materials: buyer’s guide to choosing a roof type

Ben Zientara

October 15, 2020

Roofing materials: buyer’s guide to choosing a roof type

There is a great variety of roofing materials, from asphalt shingles to slate, metal, and clay. We’ll help you choose the right one for your home.

Pella vs. Andersen Windows: which is best for your home?

Ben Zientara

October 15, 2020

Pella vs. Andersen Windows: which is best for your home?

Wondering whether Pella or Andersen Windows are best for your home? We cover cost, materials, energy efficiency, and reputation in this article.

Federal solar tax credit: frequently asked questions

Ben Zientara

September 29, 2020

Federal solar tax credit: frequently asked questions

We answer the most frequently asked questions about the federal solar tax credit, otherwise known as the Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

GAF vs. CertainTeed asphalt shingles - Which is best for your roof?

Ben Zientara

September 29, 2020

GAF vs. CertainTeed asphalt shingles - Which is best for your roof?

The ultimate guide to comparing two popular brands of asphalt shingles, GAF vs. CertainTeed. We review costs, specs, warranties, and more so you can decide which is right for your roofing project.

Sales and property tax exemptions for home solar power

Ben Zientara

August 20, 2020

Sales and property tax exemptions for home solar power

Find out what sales and property tax exemptions you may be eligible for when you install solar panels on your home.