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August 10, 2020updated 03 Sep 2020 10:12am

Biggest influencers in solar energy in Q2 2020: The top individuals to follow

GlobalData research has found the top solar energy influencers based on their performance and engagement online.

By GlobalData Technology

Using research from GlobalData’s Influencer platform, Power Technology has named ten of the most influential people in solar power on Twitter during Q2 2020.

Biggest influencers in solar: The top ten in Q2 2020

1. Arik Ring (@arikring)

Arik Ring is an energy engineering consultant associated with companies such as Ormat and Siemens. He specialises in areas such as solar, waste heat, and other clean-tech technologies, apart from turbo-machinery, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) and power systems.

He is proficient with solar power technologies such as solar thermal (CSP), and photovoltaics (PV), tracking systems, hybridisation, and biomass and biofuels, among others.

Twitter followers: 86,351

GlobalData influencer score: 100

2. Tor Valenza (@SolarFred)

Tor Valenza is a solar energy marketing consultant and television writer. He is the founder of UnThink Solar, a communications firm, which helps solar companies reach customers for innovative branding, messaging, and social media communications.

Twitter followers: 17,609

GlobalData influencer score: 67

3. Thomas Hillig (@THEnergyNet)

Thomas Hillig is an energy consultant, and founder of THEnergy, a boutique consultancy, focussed on microgrids, minigrids, and off-grid renewable energy. The consultancy also offers energy storage solutions for commercial and industrial customers, energy access applications and rural electrification services.

Twitter followers: 46,620

GlobalData influencer score: 64

4. Jesse Jenkins (@JesseJenkins)

Jesse Jenkins is an energy consultant and an assistant professor at the Princeton University. As a macro-scale energy systems engineer, Jesse focuses on the rapidly evolving electricity sector. His areas of expertise include transition to zero-carbon resources, distributed energy resources proliferation, and the role of electricity in decarbonisation. He also offers analytics, decision support and policy advisory services to non-profit and other energy customers.

Twitter followers: 28,765

GlobalData influencer score: 63

5. Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema)

Mike Hudema is an energy campaigner focusing on addressing the climate crisis, and building green opportunities. He currently serves as communications director for Canopy, an international environmental organisation working with industries such as fashion, print and packaging to tackle climate change and develop solutions that protect and preserve last frontier forests.

Twitter followers: 128,842

GlobalData influencer score: 62

6. Ken Oatman (@KenOatman)

Ken Oatman is a partner-focused solar industry professional. He currently serves as the US sales manager at VSUN Solar, a solar module solutions company that offers Japanese quality solar technologies across the globe. Prior to this, he was the director of sales for Seraphim Solar System in California.

Twitter followers: 22,037

GlobalData influencer score: 58

7. Christopher N Fox (@ChristopherNFox)

Christopher N Fox is a climate change consultant. He currently serves as senior director for International Investor Engagement at Ceres, a non-profit organisation, which focuses on building investor action on climate change and sustainability issues. Prior to Ceres, Christopher served as a consultant for the Environmental Leadership Program and as a programme associate at the Heinz Family Foundation in Washington, DC.

Twitter followers: 18,133

GlobalData influencer score: 54

8. Carl Siegrist (@CarlSiegrist)

Carl Siegrist is a renewable energy strategist and consultant. He is the member of the board of directors of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), New York. He focuses on areas such as community solar, renewable energy policies, clean technologies, sustainability, collaborative decision making, and more.

Twitter followers: 10,027

GlobalData influencer score: 52

9. Jigar Shah (@JigarShahDC)

Jigar Shah is an energy consultant and the co-creator of Generate Capital, an investment and operating platform. He is best known to have pioneered the ‘no money down solar’ path, as founder of the largest solar services company, SunEdison. He specialises in helping entrepreneurs deploy sustainable infrastructure at scale.

Twitter followers: 23,395

GlobalData influencer score: 51

10. Michael Noble (@NobleIdeas)

Michael Noble is an energy and climate policy leader. He is also the CEO and executive director of Fresh Energy, an independent non-profit organisation that helps to speed the transition to a clean energy economy. As a leader and policy advocate, Michael focuses on organising institutional and philanthropic resources to bring about the necessary change.

Twitter followers: 12,995

GlobalData influencer score: 51

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