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

LADWP solar programs, incentives, and net metering

LADWP offers several solar programs for its customers, including net metering, Solar Rooftops, and Shared Solar. Save money with solar in Los Angeles!

Written by Ben Zientara

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.

Written by Ben Zientara

Solar panel scams: 7 solar red flags and how to avoid them

Going solar can be a great way to save money and improve your home, but choosing the wrong company can lead to disaster. Here's how to avoid solar panel scams

Written by Ben Zientara

How many solar panels are needed for a 2,000-square-foot home?

To make the average amount of energy used by a home in America, a 2,000 sq. ft. home would need between 16 and 21 solar panels.

Written by Ben Zientara

Xcel Energy customers in Colorado can take advantage of new and revamped incentives for solar and storage

Xcel Energy Colorado will provide new incentives that will help spread the benefits of clean energy to a wide range of Colorado residents. Learn more here.

Written by Ben Zientara

Guide to solar battery tax credits, rebates, and other incentives

A comprehensive guide to various tax credits, rebates, and incentives for solar batteries on the federal, state, and utility level.

Written by Ben Zientara