California – Nextracker and Solar Energy International (SEI) have announced a partnership to launch an international Half the Sun scholarship program to support more women to join solar energy.
Although there is widespread agreement that smart workplace means more to women, women are increasingly represented in the solar industry.
According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), women make up only 28 percent of the scientific, technological, engineering, or mathematical (STEM) jobs in the global solar industry. This disproportionate gender gap is often the result of inadequate training and networking opportunities. The scholarship is titled “Half the Sun” and is derived from the famous book Half the Sky, which was translated from Fultzer Award winners Nicholas de Christophe and test stories into opportunities. With women making up half of the world’s population, Hal San estimates that women and non-partisan participation will increase to 50%, or half of the solar energy.
Half the Sun is an interest-based scholarship program aimed at tackling gender inequality by expanding access to industry and developing the next generation of female and non-female solar professionals. Provides financial support for vocational training in the form of tuition for STEM applicants. A.D. Half the Sun, a global renewable workforce designed to grow to 30 million people by 2030, could help shape this workforce with a wide range of candidates.
For three years each year, the program provides a full six-week course for 10 students in the SEI Solar Training Course. To better serve the Nextracker service to international communities and markets, 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 obtain a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) or related field.
From the day the awards are announced, recipients of the Half Sun Scholarship will have access to Nextracker Women’s Network regional members to ensure the continuity of their network and one-on-one consulting career. This is in line with Nextracker Women’s Network’s mission to unite, promote and motivate diversity in the workplace through social networking, educational opportunities and professional development. Recipients will provide a platform to connect solar work placements and discuss common practices in the workplace.
“By providing solar education and training for 30 years of history, recipients can expect to lay a solid foundation for learning the basics of photovoltaic and engaging in photovoltaic,” said Elizabeth Sanderson, SEI executive director. “We look forward to supporting Nextracker’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals by providing committed, world-class solar education training to the next generation. These corporate partnerships, such as the Nextracker Half the Sun Scholarship, will help keep the industry as diverse, creative and prosperous as possible.
“Half Solar Scholarships will help the winners of the half-solar scholarship and facilitate their entry into solar energy,” Nextracker VP Global Marketing said. “SEI has a 30-year track record of training thousands of individuals in the global solar energy industry and is up to date with the best online and physical education practices. Nextracker is proud to be partnering with them and launching our NX Women’s Network for this action-oriented program for a more diverse workforce.