On the evening of February 23, 2015, DLR Group (an architecture firm) hosted more than 60 women and men to the second annual Women in Solar Energy gathering. It was part of a 17 city simultaneous event crafted to raise the visibility of women, promote their key roles in their companies or agencies, network and learn from each other.
Women represented a wide variety of fields within the industry including architecture, research, chemical and electrical engineering, construction, public policy, science and math education, communications, as well as solar system design and installation. They work on projects that range in size from global to local.
A panel of five speakers shared their advice and thoughts. They included Women in Solar Panel Louise Petruzella, Shoreline Community College; Wendy Wenrick, A&R Solar; Diana Brown, DLR Goup; Dr. Christine Luscombe, University of Washington; moderated by Renee Gastineau, Clean Energy Institute at the University of Washington.
Included on the panel was Bobi Garrett, Deputy Laboratory Director at National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) in Colorado. NREL is dedicated to the research, development, commercialization, and deployment of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies. Before joining NREL, Garrett lead energy research projects at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) in Richland, Washington.