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

Expert review of HomeGrid solar batteries

Everything you need to know about solar battery newcomer HomeGrid, including cost, specs, and how the brand compares to the likes of Tesla's Powerwall and LG.

Written by Ben Zientara

The FPL SolarTogether Program: Is it worth it?

Florida Power & Light offers the SolarTogether program for residents who wish to support solar energy. But does it provide any real savings?

Written by Ben Zientara

Solar panel car roofs: are they a good idea?

Solar panel car roofs are a relatively new phenomenon that promise to use renewable energy to add some charge to the car's batteries, but short of some absolutely miraculous new physics breakthrough, a fully solar-powered car will not be practical for the vast majority of people.

Written by Ben Zientara

Sol-Ark inverters expert review: should you choose one for your solar installation?

Sol-Ark inverters have been popular for off-grid and DIY solar for years, but are they ideal for grid-tied solar systems too? We cover inverter models, specs, costs and more.

Written by Ben Zientara

Will solar panels survive a nuclear EMP (and dear God, why do we have to think about this?)

A nuclear weapon can cause an electromagnetic pulse (EMP), which can disrupt everything that uses electronic circuitry. Will solar panels survive, and what can you do to provide EMP protection?

Written by Ben Zientara

How to compare solar quotes and choose the right one for you

Solar quotes are full of numbers and can sometimes be overwhelming. Here's what to look for and how to compare companies to find the best one for you.

Written by Ben Zientara