EDISON, N.J. — CS Energy, an integrated energy firm that designs and builds projects in the solar, storage and emerging energy industries, has launched an employee-led effort to support and increase the number of women on its team and within the broader renewable energy industry.
In the spring of 2020, a group of female employees, with the support of executive management, launched CS Energy’s Women in Renewable Energy (CS Energy WiRE) program to engage women in the company and provide them with the tools to grow and advance through a network of support and mentoring. The group is designed for all female employees across the various departments to collaborate and grow both professionally and personally, indicates a release.
Currently 18 per cent of CS Energy’s workforce are women, including 20 per cent in the executive team, however CS Energy WiRE plans to increase the ranks of female employees by 10 per cent over the next year. The path to achieve that goal involves increasing more female participation in career fairs, developing mentorships and encouraging networking outside company walls, adds the release.
“There is so much opportunity for women to thrive in the exciting fields of renewable energy, engineering, and construction,” said Diana Palazzi Mery, executive vice-president of accounting and finance for CS Energy. She is the first woman on the company’s executive leadership team and one of CS Energy WiRE’s founding members.
“We’re working to create a program that we hope will be a powerful tool to advance their success.”