Several Solar Love staff members have been covering the solar energy industry for numerous years. With global recognition, they dig into solar news and add useful context and commentary that you can’t get anywhere else. Learn more about current Solar Love staff members below.

Director & Growth

Ollie SmithOllie Smith acquired Solar Love in 2023 with the aim of making it the number one solar resource in the USA. Building on the strong team the founders used to build the site, he has added more expert voices in the space, and a technical team to power growth and user experience. While we do not accept guest or paid contributions any longer, please reach for any partnerships or news we can cover.


Zach Shahan founded Solar Love in 2012, and is the director/editor of CleanTechnica and Planetsave. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle expert, landing on a top 20 list with Tesla CO & Chairman Elon Musk, President Obama, Renault & Nissan CEO & Chairman Carlos Ghosn, and other automotive executives for his “fuel economy influence.” His EV sales reports and commentary have been referenced by the New York Times, Washington Post,Chicago Tribune, and plenty of other media outlets. If you would like Zach to speak at an EV conference or event, connect with him via social media. You can connect on any popular social networking site you like. Links to all of his main social media profiles are on

Vice President of Biz Development

Kyle Field is a tech geek passionately in search of actionable ways to reduce the negative impact his life has on the planet, save money, and reduce stress. Live intentionally, make conscious decisions, love more, act responsibly, play. The more you know, the less you need. Kyle and his wife own a Tesla Model S and a Mercedes B-Class Electric. Kyle’s performing a long-term review of the Model S for CleanTechnica.

Chief Inspector of Commas

Derek Markham lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good food, with fresh-roasted chiles at the top of his list of favorites. Derek has been covering solar power and energy efficiency for years, and lived off the grid for awhile. Catch up with Derek on Twitter, Google+, or at his natural parenting site, Natural Papa!

Senior Reporters

Tina Casey is a freelance writer specializing in military and corporate sustainability, advanced technology, emerging materials, biofuels, and water and wastewater issues. She is a regular contributor to CleanTechnica and TriplePundit. She is also currently Deputy Director of Public Information for the County of Union, New Jersey. Many of Tina’s articles have been reposted on Reuters, Scientific American, and other mainstream media sites. You can also follow her on Twitter @TinaMCasey, and on Tumblr.

Joshua S Hill is a Christian, a nerd, a geek, a liberal left-winger, and believes that we’re pretty quickly directing planet-Earth into hell in a handbasket! Josh is an author and writer from Melbourne, Australia. His first book is in the “looking for an agent” phase right now while he writes his second. He also reviews fantasy books over at Fantasy Book Review ( Josh loves words with a passion, both creating them and reading them. You can follow Josh on Twitter @JoshSHill.

Steve Hanley writes about the interface between technology and sustainability from his home in Rhode Island. He is a car nut with a salacious sense of humor who is passionate about addressing global warming. Current writing obsessions include Tesla, Elon Musk, electric cars, electric trucks, rooftop solar energy, home energy storage, and ecotourism. You can follow Steve on Twitter.

James Ayre has predominantly focused his education on geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. That’s where he briefly considered entering the coal mining business, before logical health concerns kicked in. He currently writes for a living on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow James and his prolific work on Google+.

Mridul Chadha currently works as Head of News & Data at Climate Connect Limited, a market research and analytics firm in the renewable energy and carbon markets domain. He earned his Master’s in Technology degree from The Energy & Resources Institute in Renewable Energy Engineering and Management. He also has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering. Mridul has a keen interest in renewable energy sector in India and emerging carbon markets like China and Australia. You can follow Mridul’s green tweets @mridul (looks like he was an early Twitter adopter).

Susan Kraemer writes at CleanTechnica, CSP-Today and Renewable Energy World. She has also been published at Wind Energy Update, Solar Plaza, Earthtechling PV-Insider, and GreenProphet, Ecoseed, NRDC OnEarth, MatterNetwork, Celsius, EnergyNow, and Scientific American. As a former serial entrepreneur in product design, Susan brings an innovator’s perspective on inventing a carbon-constrained civilization: If necessity is the mother of invention, solving climate change is the mother of all necessities! As a lover of history and sci-fi, she enjoys chronicling the strange future we are creating in these interesting times.    Follow Susan on Twitter @dotcommodity.

Carolyn Fortuna writes from her home in Chepachet, RI, where she advocates with her lake association for chemical-free solutions to eradicate invasive species. She’s an organic gardener, nature lover, and vegetarian (no red meat since 1980) who draws upon digital media literacy and learning to spread the word about sustainability issues. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and Google+


John Farrell directs the Energy Self-Reliant States and Communities program at ILSR, and focuses on energy policy developments that best expand the benefits of local ownership and dispersed generation of renewable energy. John authored Democratizing the Electricity System, which describes how to blast the roadblocks to distributed renewable energy generation, and Energy Self-Reliant States, which serves as the definitive energy atlas for the United States — detailing state-by-state renewable electricity generation potential. Farrell regularly provides discussion and analysis of distributed renewable energy policy on his blog, Energy Self-Reliant States. John Farrell can also be found on Twitter @johnffarrell, or at

Giles Parkinson is the founding editor of, an Australian-based website that provides news and analysis on cleantech, carbon, and climate issues. Giles is based in Sydney and is watching the (slow, but quickening) transformation of Australia’s energy grid with great interest. Giles has a particularly strong focus on decentralization of the electricity grid, and especially rooftop solar. He also provides very insightful commentary on Australian and global climate policy and politics.

Roy L Hales is the editor of the ECOreport, a website dedicated to exploring how our lifestyle choices and technologies affect the West Coast of North America. He is a research junkie who has written hundreds of articles since he was first published in 1982, but is particularly fond these days of writing about energy storage, clean transportation options, renewable energy, and the wacky world of modern politics. Roy lives on Cortes Island, BC, Canada.

Adam Johnston is in the process of becoming a freelance social media coordinator for small businesses. He is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg, with a three-year Bachelor of Arts degree in both Economics and Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications. Adam is a ‘bright green’ environmentalist who believes in the power of economic and business opportunity in cleantech to bring more people to environmental issues. Beyond cleantech, you can also find his writings about soccer and other technology topics, including video games, on and various other sites. You can follow Adam on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg.