Since we launched our inaugural newsletter in February, we have been humbled by all of you who have contacted us offering to lend your support and expertise to building our organization. We thank you and look forward to continuing to work together to recruit, retain, and train women in the solar industry.
Since we last spoke, Women in Solar Energy has been very busy developing our organization and creating programming to advance women in the solar industry. Here are some important updates that we wanted to share with you:
She Speaks Solar Partnership at Industry Conferences – We launched the SheSpeaks Solar initiative to expand the presence of female speakers on technical panels at industry conferences. Through this partnership, all Women in Solar members can opt-in to have their bios distributed to conference organizers for consideration to speak on technical industry panels. We are pleased to announce that SETS (Solar Power International/PV America), Greentech Media, and Infocast are all SheSpeaks Solar premier partners. Please note that submission of your bio to these organizers does not guarantee a speaker slot. Thanks to Greentech Media for collaborating with us to create this important initiative.
KidSun Project – We are pleased to have been invited to join the National Solar Schools Consortium via our KidSun Project to advance solar curriculum & school installations. In April, we spoke at the National Science Teachers Association conference about solar on schools – and solar as a conduit for STEM education.
Events, events and more events- We have held several successful networking events around the country, and stay tuned for more. We'll also be in Boston for PVAmerica where we are co-hosting (with NEWIEE and SEIA) a Women in Solar technical session and industry panel on Tuesday, June 24. We will also have a booth at PVAmerica, so please seek us out if you’ll be in Boston!
New Website Launch- We are pleased to announce that we have launched our new (and improved) website! Check us out at www.solwomen.org and please send any feedback. We have redesigned our member portal and also incorporated an e-commerce shop for Women in Solar apparel and other goodies. More swag to come!
Building our Board – We are pleased to formally welcome Kristina Peterson to our Board of Advisors and Chair of the Finance Committee. Kristina is a senior solar executive and has been responsible for financing, development and construction of over 400 MW of solar in the U.S., Middle East and Latin America.
Expanding our Network of Trusted Industry Advisers- This past quarter, we welcomed Erica Mackie (CEO and Founder of Grid Alternatives), Glen Kizer (President of The Foundation for Environmental Education), and Justine Sanchez (Editor of HomePower Magazine and SEI) to our line-up of trusted industry advisors. We lean heavily on our industry advisors to provide feedback on our programs and contribute to our vision.
10/10/10 Campaign - We have launched the 10/10/10 Campaign to raise $100K in operating funds for our organization. Our campaign’s goal is to accrue 10 corporate sponsorships of $10K or more by the end of the year (in 10 months). These Corporate Sponsors will forever be designated as our official founding members. Contact Kristen Nicole directly to solidify your corporate support today!
NABCEP Partnership & Membership Discount – We have arranged to provide a 25% membership discount for all women who hold a current NABCEP Certification. We are thrilled to be able to support NABCEP through this partnership.
We are only as strong as our membership and network of supporters, and we strongly encourage you to get involved. In our first year of operation, your support is especially critical to our growth. Here's how you can help:
We love to hear from women in the industry. Reach out to us, tell us your story, and we will do what we can to incorporate your ideas into our programs, initiatives and efforts. Stay tuned...this is only the beginning.
Kristen, Meghan, Kacie, & Sara
The Women in Solar Leadership Team
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Women in Solar is currently seeking volunteers to help with the following tasks: website editing, blog writing, and events support. Are you going to PV America in Boston? We also need help staffing our booth. Contact us to get involved >>