Author: Jessica Casale Published: 5/10/2021 The Green Program
Black Americans are widely underrepresented in the growing fields of clean and renewable energy. The Solar Foundation, along with the Solar Energy Industries Association, published a diversity report earlier this year that found that executive leadership in solar companies is almost exclusively white men. The 2018 solar census found that 7.6% of 242,000 solar workers nationwide are African American. The industry association has called on solar companies to diversify, calling it a business imperative, yet only 22 percent of solar companies surveyed by the Solar Foundation said they had a strategy to increase the representation of people of color within their organization.
This Juneteenth, TGP has curated a list to highlight and celebrate black business and governmental leaders who are paving the way for a diverse energy economy and sustainable future that our world needs.