Probably True Solar Stories

Probably True Solar Stories tells urban legends and fairytales about solar people. Through short stories, consumers learn about solar, and solar pros get to feel more important than dragon slayers, who aren’t even real.

Recent Episodes

June 7, 2023

The Solar Heist, or How I Got into the Solar Business, Part 4: The Wa…

Season 2's theme is "Solar Noir," and we start off with a darkly comedic Part 4 of our Solar Heist series. (Catch up to Parts 1-3 here .) In Part 4, Mazz and Charlie are forced by Richard Prout, a …

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May 24, 2023

A Preview of Season 2: Solar Noir

We're back for Season 2 of Probably True Solar Stories. This season, the theme is "Solar Noir." You know, like film noir, except our twisted thrillers, murder, mysteries, and petty crime stories will all have something to do ...

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May 17, 2023

The Solar Heist, or How I Got into the Solar Business, Parts 1, 2, & 3

In preparation for launching Season 2 of Probably True Solar Stories, we've combined all three parts of "The Solar Heist, or How I Got Into the Solar Business" into a single 53-minute episode. Two neighbors meet unexpectedly ...

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Nov. 30, 2022

Part 3: The Solar Heist, or How I Got into the Solar Business: The Fa…

In the next episode of Probably True Solar Stories , we continue the story of two neighbors who are part of the solar industry. Charlie is a large-scale utility solar developer while Mazz is a medium-scale thief who successfu...

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Nov. 23, 2022

The Solar Way -- A Fable About Successfully Riding the Solar Coaster

Gather around the fireplace, solar friends. Pull up a seat at the bar. On the next, Probably True Solar Stories, we're going to tell the first-ever solar fable. It's a fairytale. A hero's journey sort of thing. With a Texas …

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Nov. 16, 2022

I'm Sorry, Ma'am, But You Can't Go Solar

In this episode of Probably True Solar Stories, a feisty senior citizen is determined to haggle with a solar salesman to buy the solar system of her dreams. But her haggling plans fall through when an honest salesperson refus...

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Recent Blog Posts

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About the Host


Tor "Solar Fred" Valenza

Author and Narrator

Probably True Solar Stories is written and read by Tor “Solar Fred” Valenza. Tor is a former film and TV writer (Stargate SG-1, Dharma & Greg, The Dead Zone) and current chief solar public relations geek at UnThink Solar, a solar PR and communications firm.

Ironically, Tor shares true solar news stories every day on Twitter and to the media. But... they’re mostly boring. So, subscribe to Probably True Stories and follow Tor at @SolarFred or @ProbTrueSolar on Twitter to be the first to know about all the strange and wonderful solar stories that Tor makes up. What’s your solar story?