March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate the accomplishments of women and the impact they have made on society. Countless women have paved the way for others in STEM professions, including renewable energy. The following four individuals are just a few examples of women making a difference in the industry today.
- Theresa Jester
Theresa Jester is a veteran of the solar industry, with over 35 years of experience. She entered the solar field as an engineer, and was among the first women to do so. Now, she serves as CEO and chairman of Silicor Materials, a company that produces low-cost, environmentally friendly solar silicon. She's also been an advocate for encouraging more women to enter STEM fields. She previously served as a board member for the local Girls Inc., an after-school program that provides mentorship to young women. Theresa received the Women in Solar Energy Award from The American Solar Energy Society (ASES) in 2015.
- Susan Reilly
Susan Reilly has over 20 years of experience in the wind energy industry. She's currently president of RES Americas and serves on the Board of the Wind Energy Foundation. Previously, she also served as Chair of the American Wind Energy Association Board of Directors. As a champion of wind energy, she has helped to advance the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Vision initiative and educate others on the importance of sustainability and renewable energy. Susan was named the Women of Wind Energy “Woman of the Year” in 2015.
- Suzanne Singer
Suzanne Singer is an energy and thermal fluids analyst at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where she works in solar forecasting to help predict how much energy solar farms will produce. She has also worked with the U.S. Department of Energy's Tribal Energy Program, which aims to build connections with tribal nations and help them develop renewable energy solutions in their communities.
- Linda Silverman
Linda Silverman is an economist for the U.S. Department of Energy. In her role, Linda works on clean energy issues, including the Climate Action Champions initiative, in which she works with local communities on on climate change resilience and mitigation to empower them to make actionable changes.