This Thursday, February 23rd, women and men of the Massachusetts solar industry will come together at District Hall in Boston to participate in the third annual #NationWISE event. NationWISE is a multi-city roundtable that was started by the Boston-based nonprofit Women in Solar Energy (WISE) to facilitate dialogue and collaboration towards a common goal of advancing women in all aspects of the solar energy industry. The event provides an exciting opportunity for women across the United States to unite and bring forth innovative ideas and strategies to strengthen the solar community and to set priorities for the upcoming year. Nexamp, a leading commercial solar developer headquartered in Boston, is honored to host the Northeast chapter this year.
WISE was founded in 2011 by industry veteran, Kristen Nicole and is dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion within the solar sector. Over the past five years, the industry has undergone a revolution; according to a 2016 annual report from the Solar Foundation, a Washington D.C. based nonprofit, jobs in the U.S. solar industry have increased by at least 20% each year since 2012. Of the industry’s over 260,000 workers nationwide, only 28% are women.
As one of the fastest growing industries in the United States (one in every 50 new jobs in the U.S. were in the solar industry in 2016), the solar industry presents an exciting opportunity for women of all stages in their careers to join a vital industry that is paving the way towards a sustainable energy future. Now is a critical time for women to lead widespread industry change by welcoming newcomers, improving paths to leadership, and promoting a friendly work environment for all, regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity. Nexamp is proud to partner with WISE to continue to build an even stronger community for women in the solar industry.