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

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.

2021 Guide to solar incentives by state

Ben Zientara

August 1, 2020

2021 Guide to solar incentives by state

Here’s our guide to rebates, tax credits & more that help cover the costs of solar panel installations.

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.

New petition seeks to end net metering across the United States

Ben Zientara

May 20, 2020

New petition seeks to end net metering across the United States

NERA has filed a petition to end net metering. Find out how it can affect solar homeowners and how you can help.

Questions to ask a solar company before you sign a contract

Ben Zientara

September 26, 2019

Questions to ask a solar company before you sign a contract

Forgetting to ask these questions will surely take a toll on your solar panel installation.

How to find and claim solar panel rebates

Ben Zientara

December 15, 2016

How to find and claim solar panel rebates

Take advantage of local and federal solar incentives. Save thousands of dollars on your solar panel system.