It’s Women’s History Month, and we’ve been celebrating by highlighting women who are taking the world by storm. Many employment fields that were once considered off-limits to women in the past are being conquered by women more and more each day. Mickey Didelotte is one of those women! Mickey is a solar installer at SunHarvest Solar – keep reading to learn more about her and what she has to say to other women considering a career in the industry:
Why did you choose to work in the solar field?
I broke into the solar installer field through my husband, who has been doing this work for over five years. I chose this field of work because I believe renewable energy is a better option for future generations than traditional energy sources. I also have hope that interest in solar will continue to grow, in turn, leaving a greener, brighter future for us all.
As a woman in this field, do you feel empowered? Do you think more women should pursue jobs in the solar industry?
Yes, because I am excelling in a field of work most people see as predominately male. It’s rewarding in the environmental aspect as well as showing others that women can find equality in any workplace.
How difficult is it for women to enter this line of work?
Fortunately for me, Brandon (SunHarvest Solar owner) was very open-minded and didn’t think twice about bringing me on as a full-time installer. That being said, I have experienced some questioning on my ability to perform my job by others outside of the company simply because I’m a female. However, when the job is complete, I’m able to enjoy the compliments for the quality of my work!
What advice would you give to other women who may want to enter the solar industry?
Don’t be intimidated by anyone who may try to deter you away from the solar industry. It’s very rewarding, and builds you up as you excel. I came into this field of work determined to show that I am a solar installer, not just a “woman” installer. Meaning that I am proficient in all aspects of solar installation and can carry my own weight regardless of the task at hand. Having the willingness and eagerness to learn will help you push through any gender related stereotypes. Don’t give up on your desire to work in the solar industry. You can do it – and I am proof that women can excel in all aspects of the solar industry field.
What’s your favorite thing about the work you do?
My favorite thing about the work I do is the satisfaction I get in seeing happy customers when a job is complete. Also, the satisfaction in knowing I did my part in helping more people move to clean, green renewable energy.
Whether you are interested in becoming a solar installer like Mickey, or any other position in the field, women are making great strides in the solar industry. Thanks for celebrating Women’s History Month with us!