Solar 2002 Continues

Solar 2002 continued in sunny Reno Tuesday with solar energy programs held throughout the day along with the the trade show featuring exhibits from 65 companies as varied as OM Solar Association, Duke Solar and Energy Outfitters.

RENO, Nevada – June 19, 2002 [] A highlight of the day was the Women in Solar Forum moderated by Marlene Brown of Sandia National Laboratory during which advances by women in the Renewable Energy field were discussed. Among the speakers was Vircynthia Charley, an electrician with the Navajo Tribal Utility Authority. She is a working electrician who became interested in solar photovoltaics more than two years ago. Her message was how she overcame traditional male stereotypes to become a successful electrician and advocate for PV. Judy (Neimeyer) Fosdick, owner of Tierra Concrete Homes in Colorado discussed the process she undertook to become a licensed builder as her second career while developing a passion for green building techniques. She described herself as a “hands-on builder” who orientates the house site and takes the controls of a backhoe to get the job done. She lives with her husband in an off-grid concrete home. The women’s message on the future of solar energy was a positive one as has been the theme of the event, which continues through Thursday.
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