Sol Systems’ Sara Rafalson has joined the leadership team of the Women in Solar Energy Group as their Vice President of Membership Engagement and Communications. The mission of the group is to promote the involvement of women in the advancement of all aspects of the solar energy industry.
Sol Systems became involved in Women in Solar Energy after hosting a women in solar happy hour at Solar Power International, the industry’s largest annual conference, to encourage an open environment for women to share strategies for personal and professional success.
Diversity is a core value at Sol Systems, where the management and staff believe that different viewpoints improve creativity, innovation, idea sharing, and problem solving. Approximately half of Sol Systems’ staff is female; this is far above average for the solar industry, where one in five workers is female. Sol Systems also has a strong representation of minority ethnicities and religions.
Beginning this month, Women in Solar Energy will distribute a quarterly newsletter to promote the advancement of women in the industry through professional networking events, articles about gender issues in the workplace, solar career opportunities, as well as general solar trends. Ms. Rafalson will play an integral role in launching and distributing the newsletter.
The Women in Solar Energy group hopes to launch an official mentorship program later this year and will host events at PV America and Solar Power International. There will also be a D.C. Women in Solar Happy Hour on March 6. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be added to the newsletter distribution list.