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Solar's Top 10 Women - and then some!


  08:13:00 am, by Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO   , 445 words  
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Solar's Top 10 Women - and then some!

While it is true that in terms of raw numbers, women are underrepresented in the solar industry, that does not mean that there aren’t amazing women making major contributions to the growth of solar.  Recently the folks over at PVSolarReport highlighted their Top 10 Women of Solar. Here’s our take.

The list of women compiled by author Lisa Ann Pinkerton is certainly laudable, with founders of major corporate players, leaders of trade associations, commentators and activists.  Here’s a brief summary of who’s who on the list:

  • Lynn Jurich – CEO and Co-Founder, Sunrun (@Sunrun)
  • Erica Mackie, P.E. – CEO and Co-Founder, GRID Alternatives (@GRID)
  • Laura E. Stachel, M.D., M.P.H. -  Co-Founder and executive director of WE CARE Solar (@lestachel)
  • Katherine Lucey – Founder and CEO, Solar Sister (@Solar_Sister)
  • Raina Russo – Visionary of #SolarChat, Co-Founder and President, EcoOutfitters.net (@RainaRusso)
  • Julia Judd Ham – President and CEO, Solar Electric Power Association (@UtilitySolar)
  • Kristen Nicole – Founder and Executive Director, Women in Solar (@kristenmnicole)
  • Claudia Wentworth – CEO, Quick Mount PV (@quickmountpv)
  • Eden Full – Founder, Roseicollis Technologies and inventor of the SunSaluter (@edenfull)
  • Bernadette Del Chiaro – Executive Director, California Solar Energy Industries Association (@CALSEIA)

We have added the Twitter handles where we could identify them (or that of their company/association when we could not), and given that this is #FollowFriday, what could be more appropriate that to follow all of these impressive women?

Of course, one list begets another and it only seemed fair to toss in a few additional names.  We limited ourselves to only one person from a given organization (otherwise we would have a huge list just from those terrific women at Enphase) and by definition this list is far more personal in nature. 

So, in no particular order, here are some of our Top Women in Solar:

  • Christine Bennett, Global Corporate Communications Manager at Enphase Energy (@Enphase)
  • Nicole Litvak, Solar Analyst at GTM Research (@nicolelitvak)
  • Glenna Wiseman, Founder Identity3 Communications Agency marketing solar to women (@GlennaWiseman)
  • Felicity Carus, free lance journalist extraordinaire (@FelicityCarus)
  • Jodi White, CFO and Founder, Focused Energy
  • Jennifer Runyon, Chief Editor, Renewable Energy World (@jennrunyon)
  • Kathie Zipp, Managing Editor, Solar Power World (@SolarKathieZ)
  • Jane Pulaski, Social Communications at Interstate Renewable Energy Council (@IRECUSA)
  • Velvet Dallesandro, Chief Electrician at Run on Sun, NABCEP Certified PV Installation Professional

Heck, no way we could leave Velvet off this list, even if she isn’t on Twitter!  And while our list is heavily weighted toward the journalism side of things,  every one of these women is making a difference in solar, and we think they are awesome!

So, who would you include?  One list does beget another so please, after you finish following all of these amazing women, let us know who we missed!



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Comment from: Pamm McFadden  
Pamm McFadden
Sara Balcomb Susan Yanda Jane Weissmann There are a whole lot of us that have been around longer than you have been alive. :-) Don’t forget, solar does not just mean PV
04/11/14 @ 08:44
Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
Hey Pamm, thanks for the names - but I’m (waaaaay) older than you think!
04/11/14 @ 08:46
Comment from: Christine
Thanks for the shout out, Jim! I’m honored to be listed amongst such amazing women.
04/11/14 @ 13:18
Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
Christine - you fit right in amongst this august crowd. Thanks for all that you do to advance the cause!
04/11/14 @ 13:33
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Holy Moly! I’m ineffably honored. Our bench of solar women is deep. Here are a few more IREC women to thank: Jane Weissman, Sky Stanfield, Erica Schroeder McConnell, Pat Fox, Laure-Jeanne Davignon, Mary Lawrence, Ruth Fein, Kristen Ferguson, Cheri Olf, Michelle Barrett, Chelsea Barnes, Laurel Passera, Sara Baldwin Auck, Barbara Martin, Louise Urgo, Diane DePuydt, MT Colello Still others: Vicki Colello, NYSERDA Adele Ferranti, NYSERDA Deep bows of gratitude to all women in solar.
04/11/14 @ 14:24
Comment from:
Holy Moly! Blush! AND how about all these astonishing women in the IREC family (our bench of solar women is deeeeeeeeeep): Jane Weissman, Pat Fox, Laure-Jeanne Davignon, Kristen Ferguson, Laurel Passera, Sky Stanfield, Erica Schroeder McConnell, Mary Lawrence, Sara Baldwin Auck, MT Colello, Michelle Barrett, Diane DePuydt, Ruth Fein, Barbara Martin, Cheri Olf, Louise Urgo. But wait…here are a few more: Vicki Colello, NYSERDA Adele Ferranti, NYSERDA Deep bows of gratitude to all.
04/11/14 @ 14:32
Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
Hey Jane - happy to have you, and your chums, called out! Even twice!
04/11/14 @ 14:39
Comment from: LoriDawn Messuri
LoriDawn Messuri
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Great list Jim!! It’s nice to have women recognized in this wonderful solar world! GO GREEN! I would have to mention the wonderful Christina Danenhower, Co-Owner and Marketing mastermind for The Solar Company! She is wonderful to work with and is passionate about all things solar!!!
04/11/14 @ 15:49
Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
Christina is a great addition to the list… as are you!
04/11/14 @ 15:55
Comment from: Jane Pulaski
Jane Pulaski
A few more notable women in solar, from Renewable Energy World: Jennifer Runyon, Meg Cichon, Stephanie Kolodziej, Amy Lanza, Jessica Morello.
04/13/14 @ 20:54
Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
Jane - Jennifer was already on my list – happy for the additional names!
04/13/14 @ 22:54
Comment from: Laureen Peck
Congrats to all my fellow women in solar leaders. I hope I will make the list next year! I invite all of you to connect with me on LinkedIn. I would love to pick your brains on better ways to get women get more excited about solar. Although my company has made great strides in this area in our targeted marketing campaigns, I would love to see improvements and advice is welcome. Here is my LinkedIn address: https://www.linkedin.com/in/laureenpeck Laureen Peck, Vice President of Marketing & Director of Inside Sales Solar Energy World www.solareworld.com
04/24/14 @ 08:36
Comment from: Jim Jenal - Founder & CEO
Hi Laureen - Consider yourself added (on LiinkedIn)! Cheers… Jim
04/24/14 @ 08:55

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Jim Jenal is the Founder & CEO of Run on Sun, Pasadena's premier installer and integrator of top-of-the-line solar power installations.
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