Getting a Job in Solar...and Keeping it!





The U.S. solar industry continues to boom. According to the SEIA, at the end of Q1 2013, the U.S. had over 8,500 MW of cumulative installed solar electric capacity, enough to power more than 1.3 million average American homes. And, 2013 is shaping up to be another record year of installations, with new solar electric capacity this year expected to generate enough clean energy to power an additional 960,000+ average American homes.

A large part of this growth is driven by the falling costs of solar panels, the average price of which has declined 60% since the beginning of 2011, making solar more affordable than ever for solar consumers. Unfortunately, the sharp drop in prices, due in part to global oversupply, has also seriously strained solar manufacturers worldwide.

As the solar industry grows, so does its impact on the economy. According to The Solar Foundation's Solar Job Census 2012, there are more than 119,000 solar workers in the U.S., a 13.2 percent increase over 2011. So what do you need to do to get and keep a job in the solar industry? Join our panel of solar HR experts as they share tips for getting your foot in the door, the skills you need to get and keep your job and how to position yourself to move up in a solar organization.

Our speakers:

Christie Cruz, Senior, Talent Acquisition & Programs, Solar City
Acenia Farrand, Human Resources Manager, Qbotix
Raya Zion, Workforce Development Manager, SolarCity
Melissa Zucker, VP of Human Resources, Solaria

$15 per person before August 10; $20 per person at the door.

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  • Pat C.

    A little late, but wanted to chime in and congratulate the speakers for being so warm, honest, and insightful; also for the board members for all their energy and dedicating their time to put an event like this together!

    August 16, 2013

  • Rosana F.

    Agreed, this was a great event! It's wonderful to be part of a supportive community of women trying to do good.

    August 12, 2013

  • SF U.

    Thanks everyone this was a very informative and useful event. I can't wait for the next one. Best, Lissa Maldonado

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great event. Panelists were friendly and provided useful and honest insight into Solar Industry.

    August 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a great event! Thank you!

    August 12, 2013

  • Felicia B.

    Great speakers, good questions and super conversations.

    August 11, 2013

  • Haeran

    Great event, thanks for organizing. This was very informative and panelists provided some great insight into the industry and how to make the transition.

    August 10, 2013

  • Susan B.

    great panel - best part was their openness about taking questions from the attendees. Very warm and friendly atmosphere, very informative

    August 10, 2013

  • Lisa A.

    Hi Ladies! We've very excited you're joining us for tomorrow's event. What questions do you have for the panel?

    August 9, 2013

    • Kathy H.

      What sub-segments within the solar industry are experiencing the greatest job growth in professional (non-construction) positions?

      August 9, 2013

    • Kathy H.

      How are you seeing the oversupply in solar PV (esp. modules) affecting the job outlook in your sub-segment of solar for the short-term? mid-term? long-term?

      August 9, 2013

  • Susan B.

    Similar question to Elena. I have been in marketing for B2B types of products and want to transition into solar, alternative energy, or smart grid. Wanting to understand how to transition into solar.

    August 9, 2013

  • Sara E.

    We will start exactly @10am so please arrive 15-20mins early to network and settle in.

    August 9, 2013

  • Elena

    For people who want to transition to solar, what skills should they develop to be more competitive in the industry since they don't have solar experience?

    August 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it!

    August 9, 2013

  • Chantal K.

    So sorry to miss this event as I will be going out of town unexpectedly. Please have another in San Francisco, Berkeley/Oakland or San Rafael. Thanks

    August 9, 2013

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