Tag Archives: Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy

WRISE Opens New Doors for Women in Solar and Wind

Kristen Graf, Executive Director of WRISE, says more women in the field is key. Published in the November/December edition of Sierra Magazine.

Growing up, I was a math and science nerd who loved being outdoors. I had great teachers who encouraged me to explore engineering as a path for doing environmental work, and I got excited about renewable energy as a technological solution to climate change. So I went to Cornell to get an engineering degree.

Once there, I was stunned by how few women were in the engineering program. In high school, there were tons of women in my calculus and science classes, and I just assumed that would continue through college. I got involved with the Society of Women Engineers, and promoting women in science and technology became a side passion of mine.

Click here to read more and to watch a brief video, Faces of Clean Energy.
Website: Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE)




Hyundai & Kia To Begin Offering Solar Sunroofs After 2019, CleanTechnica. Many people have dreamt of combining solar power with electric cars. German startup company Sono is actually doing it with its Sion solar-powered car, but few other companies have gone down that road. Now Hyundai and Kia say they will make solar sunroofs available on some models after 2019.



Sonnen targets utility contract for Arizona aggregated storage project, Utility Dive. The company aims to equip 2,900 homes with solar panels and a battery to provide peak demand during evenings.



SRP, NREL to study residential battery storage use, American Public Power Association

Storage installations will likely grow to about 3,900 MW a year in 2023, up from close to 400 MW this year, according to the Energy Storage Association and Wood Mackenzie forecast.

Women look to close renewable energy’s employment gender gap

By Kari Lydersen, Midwest Energy News

Women make up about a third of U.S. wind and solar energy jobs,
higher than other technology fields.

Sarah Fischer’s journey into the renewable energy field began with a high school French teacher whose husband had been a child slave in Haiti. The couple opened Fischer’s eyes to human rights and international development issues and sparked a desire to make a difference in such situations.

The more she learned about the role of deforestation and natural resource exploitation in creating poverty, the more she became interested in sustainability and renewable energy as ways to address injustice.  Continue reading here.

Organization Kari Lydersen references in her article:
Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy, previously called Women in Wind Energy

More Professional Networks

Women of Wind Energy announces name change

By Robin Whitlock,
Renewable Energy Magazine

American professional development organization Women of Wind Energy has announced a change of name to Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), with a new logo.

Women of Wind Energy (WoWE), now known as Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE), was founded in 2005. It promotes the education, professional development, and advancement of women to achieve a strong diversified workforce and support a renewable energy economy. It has local chapters in the US and Canada with national programmes that include an annual lunch, leadership forum and webinar series. It also has a growing grassroots network of more than 4,000 women and men and is supported through hundreds of volunteer hours and the generous contributions of individuals as well as corporate partners. Continue reading.

7 questions with: Kristen Graf, Executive Director of the new formed group WRISE, PV Magazine