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Solar Jobs and Community Impact: A Discussion of Solar Jobs, Diversity, Workforce Development, and Economic Impact

When: Thursday, May 31, 2018
From 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm
Where: Beveridge & Diamond PC
1350 I Street NW
6th Floor Conference Center
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States

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WCEE’s Lunch & Learn Series presents

Solar Jobs and Community Impact:

A Discussion of Solar Jobs, Diversity, Workforce Development, and Economic Impact


Also being offered via webinar!


The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census 2017 found that there were over 250,000 Americans employed in the solar industry, a 3.8% decline from the previous year. Despite the decrease, long term trends have been strong. Over the past 7 years, solar employment has grown by 168%. Last year, solar jobs also increased in 29 states and the District of Columbia, including in many states with emerging markets where solar is just getting off the ground. Strong long-term growth and expansion into new markets are both positive signs for the industry.

Still, more needs to be done to develop a more diverse workforce, provide job training to new workers, and expand access to the full benefits of solar energy for all citizens. Solar industry growth depends on stable and transparent policies, expansion of consumer energy choices, and workforce development programs, particularly in states with new and rapid jobs growth.

Join Zoe Ripecky (The Solar Foundation), Kerene Tayloe (Green For All), Emma Rodvien (Solar United Neighbors), and Madison Freeman (Young Professionals in Foreign Policy) for a discussion of solar jobs and their impact on communities around the U.S. This will include an overview of the findings of the Solar Jobs Census, as well as a discussion of best practices for expanding diversity in the industry, economic impacts of solar deployment, and how current policies will impact solar jobs.

Date: Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Time: 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm

Venue: Beveridge & Diamond, P.C., 1350 I St NW, 6th Floor Conference Center

Closest Metro: McPherson Square (14th St exit) 

Remote Access: via webinar (Email for log-in info)

Ticket cost (in-person or webinar):
$0 = WCEE members

$10 = Clean Energy Leadership Institute (CELI) network members
(Email for $10 discount promo code; in-person seats at this CELI ticket rate are limited to 25 -- so first-come, first-served.)

$20 = non-members

This is a Lunch & Learn (i.e. brown-bag) event; beverages and dessert will be provided but please bring your own lunch.


WCEE is grateful to Beveridge & Diamond for use of its conference facilities.


Our Speakers


Zoe Ripecky is a Project Manager at The Solar Foundation and a co-author of the 2017 Solar Jobs Census. Upon joining the team, Zoe worked on Solar Ready Vets, a U.S. Department of Energy-funded solar training program for transitioning military personnel. Zoe also works on SolSmart, a program that reduces solar soft costs at the local government level. In addition to working on The Solar Foundation’s Census products, she contributed to the 2017 Solar Industry Diversity Study and Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools. Prior to The Solar Foundation, Zoe was a Fulbright Student Fellow in Kyiv, Ukraine, focused on energy reform. Zoe holds a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in International Studies, with concentrations in Economics and Political Science.


Kerene N. Tayloe Esq. is the Policy Director for Green For All, which works to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. She is a social justice advocate who has worked tirelessly in the area of Environmental Justice, Civil Rights, and voter protection. Kerene is driven by the desire to ensure that the needs of communities of color are not overlooked. In addition to her environmental work, Kerene is an advocate for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and sees clean energy as a way to address many challenges they face. Kerene comes to Green For All from WE ACT for Environmental Justice and where she coordinated the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change. Before that she was a legal fellow engaging in voting rights initiatives at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Kerene graduated from Florida A&M University College of Law, where she founded the Environmental Law Society.


Emma Rodvien is Director of Forward Operations and New Initiatives at Solar United Neighbors, a regional non-profit dedicated to helping people go solar, join together, and fight for strong distributed energy policies at the state and local level. Emma directs the expansion of Solar United Neighbors' state programming, tracking solar policy developments and market trends across the country and launching new on-the-ground state programs to help consumers leverage emerging opportunities for solar deployment. Prior to her role as Director of Forward Operations, Emma coordinated Solar United Neighbors’ residential solar bulk purchasing programs, directly facilitating 10 MW of rooftop solar installations in the Mid-Atlantic. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Policy.


Madison Freeman is the Energy and Environment Fellow for Young Professionals in Foreign Policy, where she writes on issues in clean energy for outlets including Scientific American, Foreign Affairs, and The American Interest. She is a think tank research analyst working on issues of clean energy policy and technological innovation. Madison graduated from American University with a Bachelors in International Relations and Economics.




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