By Carol Giles Neslund, Vice President, Americas Sales
This week, women in the solar energy industry will gather at events around the country to talk about policies for recruiting and retaining women in the clean energy fields. The events, being held in 15 cities on Tuesday, February 24th, will be run by Women in Solar Energy (WISE).
Why are events like this important? You’d think in a fast growing industry like solar there would be many opportunities for women. Yet, according to WISE, women account for only 19% of the workforce in solar. While that’s higher representation than in construction (12%) and mining oil and gas extraction (16%), it lags manufacturing (28%) and the workforce as a whole (47%).
When I joined Enphase in 2011, I knew I was choosing an industry with enormous upside potential. Solar is growing at a much faster rate than most other sectors, and that means smart employers are looking to attract the best and the brightest for careers in solar, whether it’s in sales, engineering, support or operations. We recently put together a video featuring some of the many women of Enphase:
How can you help grow the careers of women in the solar industry? Here are a few ideas:
· Attend one of the #NationWISE round tables in your city
· If you’re in the industry, mentor women in your company
· Advocate for more internships to help college and high school aged young women see the opportunities in the industry first hand
· Share job postings at your company on social media
· Encourage the young women you know to study STEM subjects in school and to look toward the renewable energy industry for their future
· Get your company involved in outreach events such as science showcases at local school districts
At Enphase, while we are always looking for people to join us, we also encourage all of our colleagues in solar companies to actively seek out and hire qualified women candidates. Solar is a great industry to be in, and there couldn’t be a more exciting time to be a woman in solar.