Ben Zientara

Solar Policy Analyst


Solar policy | Industry trends | Solar generators

About Ben Zientara

Ben Zientara is a writer, researcher, and solar policy analyst who has written about the residential solar industry, the electric grid, and state utility policy since 2013.

His early work included leading the team that produced the annual State Solar Power Rankings Report for the Solar Power Rocks website from 2015 to 2020. The rankings were utilized and referenced by a diverse mix of policymakers, advocacy groups, and media including The Center for American Progress, The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, the Solar Institute at George Washington University, PolitiFact, and The Guardian.

In 2020, Ben joined SolarReviews and now lends his expertise to the annual Solar Industry Survey, Top Solar Manufacturers list, Top 10 Solar States list, and throughout articles and pages across the site.

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 wife, kids, and big brown dog in the mountains, woods, parks, and playgrounds of the Portland, Oregon area.

Articles by Ben Zientara

Guide to net metering in Florida - 2024 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.

Written by Ben Zientara

Expert review of the Enphase IQ battery system

The Enphase IQ solar battery system can help you save money on energy and keep your home powered in an outage. Here's our word on whether it's the best solar battery available.

Written by Ben Zientara

BougeRV Yuma solar panel review: is this the right portable panel for you?

The BougeRV Yuma solar panel is a flexible, lightweight, thin, portable solar panel that generates lots of power and mounts without drilling. We recommend it!

Written by Ben Zientara

Solar panels to charge an electric car: everything you need to know

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

Written by Ben Zientara

Expert review of the Franklin Whole Home battery and Home Power System

The FranklinWH Home Power System (FHP) is a new whole-home solar backup battery system that could be the most complete solution on the market.

Written by Ben Zientara

Fortress Power batteries: expert overview

Are Fortress Power batteries any good? Our experts reviewed the quality and functionality of the Fortress Power eFlex, LFP 10-Max, eVault, and Avalon ESS.

Written by Ben Zientara