Nextracker and Renewable Energy Technical Training Provider Solar Energy International (SEI) will work together to launch a global scholarship program to support more women to join Solar Energy.
Women continue to be the lowest in the solar industry, and according to the International Energy Agency (IRENA), only 28% of women in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) work in the global solar industry.
This disproportionate gender gap is often the result of inadequate training and networking opportunities.
To address this issue, the Half the Sun Scholarship aims to increase the participation of women and bilateral participation in solar energy by 50%.
The interest-based scholarship program aims to alleviate gender inequality by increasing access to industry pathways and funding for vocational training in the form of tuition for STEM applicants.
For three years each year, the program provides a full six-week course for 10 students in the SEI Solar Training Course.
The following regions each receive two supports: Europe, USA, MEIAT region (Middle East Africa, India and Turkey); Australia and Asia Pacific; And Latin America.
Applicants must be female or non-binary and have a degree in STEM fields or related field of study.
Nextracker VP Global Marketing Christian Kirsch said.[The] Semi-solar scholarship winners can help them advance their careers and enter the solar energy sector.
A.D. By 2030, the world’s renewable labor force will grow to about 30 million people, and Half Sun aims to shape this workforce with a diverse group of candidates.
Recipients will also have access to the Nextracker Professional Network, a platform for connecting solar work placements and discussing common experiences in the workplace, ranging from maternal work challenges to gender inequality in the workplace.
Elizabeth Sanderson, executive director of SEI, said: “With 30 years of experience in providing solar education courses and training, recipients can expect to lay a solid foundation for learning the basics of photovoltaic and engaging in photovoltaic.
PV Tech’s sister publication PV Tech explores the differences in solar energy in an earlier issue. The full feature can be read here.