The Value of Diversity in the Renewable Energy Industry and Research Community

Emily Warren, Annick Anctil, Silvana Ayala, Joseph Berry, Lyndsey McMillon-Brown, Angela Fioretti, Tyler Grassman, Mark Mikofski, Allison Perna, Brittany Smith

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Part of creating a successful solar industry is developing a capable workforce. It has been repeatedly shown that organizations and companies are more productive when they have diverse and inclusive cultures. The solar industry in the U.S. performs well in some aspects (non-white workforce, positive work environment) but drastically under-performs in many others. We discuss these metrics and how this impacts the renewable energy industry and the solar research community. We highlight some initial actions which are necessary to begin to remediate these deficiencies, such as demographic tracking, recruiting strategies, and mentoring. We also present the historical and ongoing efforts to improve the diversity and inclusion of the Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, particularly through the work of this year's Diversity and Inclusion (DI) oversight committee. This year's DI committee is implementing diversity tracking, a women's lunch, a diversity lunch, childcare resources, pronouns on badges, gender-neutral restrooms, addressing accessibility issues, and publishing a diversity statement and code of conduct to the PVSC website.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 14 Jun 2020
Event47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2020 - Calgary, Canada
Duration: 15 Jun 202021 Aug 2020


Conference47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2020

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NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5900-76782


  • diversity
  • gender
  • inclusion
  • intersectionality
  • PVSC
  • solar
  • workforce


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