Marlena Chertock

Freelance Writer

Marlena Chertock is a former editorial intern at Electrical Contractor magazine who now writes for the magazine as a freelance journalist. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Marketplace, NBC News, News21, WTOP and The Gazette. Contact her at or @mchertock.

Articles by Marlena Chertock

December 2017
More than thirty years after the infamous disaster, the Chernobyl exclusion zone might be transforming from an abandoned nuclear wasteland to a green energy hub. A $1.2 million, 1-megawatt solar farm project is expected to be commissioned next month to be built over 1,000 square miles of radioactive land in Ukraine, according to an article in Newsweek. READ MORE
November 2017
The number of cities committing to using clean energy sources has more than doubled since President Trump was elected in November and decided to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord, according to The Huffington Post. READ MORE
  • The Temple Adat Shalom solar project is in direct alignment with its commitment to fiscal responsibility and mission to fund education services and programs for the entire congregation.
September 2017
Baker Electric Commercial Solar recently installed a 76.16 kilowatts (kW) rooftop solar power system at Temple Adat Shalom in Poway, Calif. The 3,124-panel system is 1.15 megawatts. READ MORE
  • Many roofs were torn off when high winds from Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico. U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Nicholas Dutton
September 2017
Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on September 20, leaving the American commonwealth without communication or power and severe lack of food, water and gasoline. Hospitals are running on generators, with fuel dwindling. And without power, water can’t be pumped into homes and businesses. READ MORE
August 2017
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $7.5 million to improve the reliability and resiliency of the electric grid, according to a June press release. The Indian Ministry of Science and Technology and industry partners will match the DOE’s commitment, which brings the total investment to $30 million. READ MORE
August 2017
In response to a call for new clean energy projects from Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and his administration, Rhode Island-based Deepwater Wind submitted a proposal to partner with Tesla in order to create Revolution Wind, the largest combined offshore wind and energy storage project in the world. READ MORE
July 2017
The upcoming solar eclipse on Aug. 21 will reduce solar-power production all over the nation, but especially in California, which relies heavily on solar energy. It has six times more solar power capacity than any other state, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. READ MORE
June 2017
Atlanta is the most recent U.S. city to make a green commitment. According to the Sierra Club, 27 cities are pledging to use 100 percent renewable energy by various deadlines. In the past year, more than a dozen joined. The Sierra Club keeps a record on its “Ready for 100” website. It also lists which cities are working toward 100 percent renewable energy but haven’t yet committed. READ MORE
May 2017
With the cost of wind and solar technologies falling, renewable energy is experiencing dramatic growth. Despite the Trump administration’s emphasis on expanding traditional fossil fuels, the commitment to renewable energy is clearly seen in corporate America and several nations with goals to go 100 percent green by varying deadlines. READ MORE