The Solar Workforce Diversity Initiative will be a first-of-its-kind study on job responsibilities, salaries, and levels of leadership of women, minorities, and veterans in the solar workforce, due for release in the fall of 2017. Through this research, we will establish targets for improvement, strategies for success, and action plans that will foster greater diversity at every level of the solar industry.

Our National Solar Jobs Census found there are more than 260,000 solar workers nationwide, and in 2016, one in 50 new U.S. jobs were in solar. However, only 28 percent of these 260,000+ jobs are women, 17 percent are Latino/Hispanic, and 7 percent are African Americans. In comparison to 2014, the percentage of Latinos and African Americans has stayed relatively flat and the percentage of women has grown by a modest 7 percentage points.

We can and need to do better. Having a diverse workforce fosters innovation in the solar industry and retains existing talent – all of which are key contributors to financial performance. Unfortunately, we don’t currently have data on specific job responsibilities, salaries and levels of leadership as it pertains to women and minorities. This new research will aim to fill that gap.

The study will achieve the following:

– Capture employer policies and activities around hiring women, minorities and vets

– Collect data on roles and career paths of women, minorities, and vets in the workforce

– Use ethnographic tools to understand real wage and career experiences

– Control for gender, race and ethnicity and make cross-industry comparisons

The Solar Foundation will lead and administer this study, which is an initiative of the Women’s Empowerment Committee at the Solar Energy Industries Association.

We’d like to thank the many company sponsors and individual donors who have made this study possible. If you are interested in making a contribution to this study, contact us at

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Julie Arnold, Evelyn M Butler, Pamela Cargill, Meghan Craig, Tenley Dalstrom, Jennifer DeCesaro, Sarah Farnham, Rosana Francescato, Kristen M Graf, Jennifer Hall, Jerry Henderson, Kendra Hubbard, Michelle Hughes, Pari Kasotia, Colin Leffler, Adam Lerman, Suzanne Liou, Andrea Luecke, Caitlin McLaughlin, Debbie Menashe, Robert Ragan, Elizabeth Schulte, Ann Siqveland, Laura Stern, Aimee M Tuck, Leah Wilkinson, Glenna Wiseman, Diane Wolfe, Kyle Woodard, Teresa Zhang