Category: Finance and Asset Management
In spring 2019, The Solar Foundation released the updated U.S. Solar Industry Diversity Study (http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/diversity), a unique and comprehensive study on diversity and inclusion in the solar industry. This study, released in partnership with SEIA, is charting a path forward toward greater representation of women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and veterans in the solar workforce.
The study, based on a statistical survey of solar employers and another survey of employees, found the industry still has more work ahead to meet its commitments to diversity and inclusion. Today, women only make up 26% of the solar industry workforce, while 8% of solar workers are African American, according to The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2018 (http://www.solarjobscensus.org). A substantial body of research shows that workforce diversity is not only beneficial for employees, but also helps companies increase their profits and better represent the communities they serve.
This poster presentation will include representatives from The Solar Foundation and Vote Solar, who will review some of the key findings of the study and important resources to help solar companies take action.