Our Hollister Summer Immersion in Solar enabled us to provide volunteers and job trainees with real-world experience through hands on training in solar installation both on the roof and the ground. It also gave us a chance to pilot Troops to Solar and Students for Solar, two of our new Workforce Development Initiatives and enabled us to have two Women’s Builds as part of our National Women in Solar Initiative.
Women in Solar
This year, our Central Coast regional office is continuing its work as a non-profit solar contractor with the help of three new employees and four new interns.
GRID volunteer Wendy Campa writes about her first days on the job with SolarCity. She is the first female installer in her local SolarCity office.
On Saturday, June 28th, GRID Alternatives Central Valley kicked off its participation in GRID's National Women in Solar Initiative with an all-women’s crew providing installation expertise. On this crew were six extraordinary women from the surrounding area that helped install solar on a Habitat for Humanity home located in Clovis, California.
GRID Alternatives, in partnership with PG&E Pacific Energy Center, hosted our second annual Solar Jobs Fair in conjunction with the Intersolar conference in San Francisco.
“When Hurricane Sandy hit I was at home finishing up dinner.
GRID Alternatives hosted a Women in Solar panel discussion during Intersolar North America on the challenge of integrating more women into an industry that has been dominated by men.
At the beginning of May, an amazing team of women drove 2+ hours to come
“I find that there is a general assumption out there that women don’t want to or can’t work in technically based or physically based positions. In my experience it is difficult to be the only woman and to have to constantly work against those assumptions. When I was installing I found myself working really hard to be the fastest installer on-site since I felt like I was representing women and didn’t want anyone to assume I couldn’t keep up. With that said, I have been fortunate to have many experiences with men across the industry who are very supportive of women working in solar. I am excited about the Women in Solar Initiative, since I think that the more women can be involved in positive learning environments like GRID, then the more likely they will be to pursue a technical or field based position.”
Teams of women job trainees, solar professionals and top Denver executives came together on the rooftop to help GRID Alternatives and SunEdison kick off a National Women in Solar Initiative.