Recognizing 5 Influential Women in Solar for Women’s History Month

March 10, 2021

In honor of Women’s History Month, Everlight Solar has identified the following five influential women in the Solar Industry. These successful founders and CEOs serve as great examples within the clean energy industry.

Women in Solar- Female Role Model Kristal Hansley

Kristal Hansley

Founder and CEO of WeSolar

Kristal Hansley is an entrepreneur, and advocate for solar power to help hard-working families reduce monthly expenses. She is the first African American Woman CEO in the community solar industry. Hansley started WeSolar to “bring under-resourced communities affordable access to local community solar and to assist commercial properties with energy efficiency.”

Female Role Model Julia Judd Ham

Julia Judd Ham

President and CEO of Solar Electric Power Association

The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) is a nationwide, non-profit devoted to helping its members make more intelligent decisions with their solar systems. Ham has been with SEPA since 1992. SEPA focuses on bridging the gap between utility companies and the solar industry. About her work, Ham says:

“We do a lot of work educating the two industries about the other … so that they can work more effectively in partnership going forward because we believe that without the electric utilities, it’s going to be very difficult for solar to truly meet its full potential.”

Female Role Model Kristen Nicole

Kristen Nicole

Founder and Executive Director of Women in Solar

In 2013, Kristen Nicole wrote a letter to prominent solar organizations “condemning their nonchalant attitude towards gender equality and sexism at industry conferences, like Solar Power International (SPI) and Intersolar North America.” With this critique of gender politics as they play out at major solar industry events, many women in the solar industry have been inspired by Nicole.

Women in Solar- Female Role Model Eden Full Got

Eden Full Goh

Founder, Roseicollis Technologies and inventor of the SunSaluter

Eden Full is a young solar innovator. She graduated in Mechanical Engineering from Princeton University, and while she was in school, she transformed the solar industry with the SunSaluter.  This invention, a non-toxic, inexpensive, recyclable device made of metal and bamboo, allows solar panels to track the sun without using a motor. The SunSaluter includes solar panels that rotate to track the sun using mechanical water flow, giving users 40 percent more electricity.

Women in Solar- Female Role Model Bernadetter Del Chiaro

Bernadette Del Chiaro

Executive Director, California Solar Energy Industries Association

Bernadette Del Chiaro became part of CALSEIA in 2013. This was after working as the Director of Clean Energy and Global Warming Programs at Environment California. While in this role, Del Chiaro took the lead on the Million Solar Roofs campaign. This campaign, which created the nation’s most significant solar power investment in history, has had a lasting impact on the solar industry.

There are many women pioneering the way in the solar industry. Every step forward in the solar industry is a step in the right direction!