National EPC created an internal group to provide a network of support and a powerful path to success
Edison, New Jersey, February 1, 2021 – CS Energy, a leading integrated energy company that designs and builds optimized projects in the solar, storage, and emerging energy industries, has launched an employee-led initiative to support and increase the number of women in his team and within the broader renewable energy industry.
Despite the ongoing effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic, a group of women employees, with the support of management, started CS Energy’s CS Energy WiRE (Women in Renewable Energy) program in spring 2020. CS Energy WiRE aims to engage the female employees at CS Energy and provide them with the tools they need to grow and move forward through a network of support and mentoring. The group is designed in such a way that all female employees in the various departments can work together and grow both professionally and personally.
“Despite the pandemic, the spark was there,” said Dawn Robinson, director of human resources and communications and founding member of CS Energy WiRE. “CS Energy makes a big difference with a top-down approach that considers and encourages diversity in the company. Our leadership has wasted no time allocating the resources necessary to form the group.”
The number of women employed in STEM areas is low and especially low in renewable energies. “18 percent of the workforce at CS Energy are women, including 20 percent on our leadership team. Our goal is to further increase participation through this initiative,” said Janani Ramkumar, Director of Pre-Construction and founding member of CS Energy WiRE.
CS Energy WiRE plans to increase the number of female employees at CS Energy by 10 percent over the next year. The way to achieve this goal is to increase women’s participation in career fairs, develop mentoring, and nurture the network outside the company walls. The group has built a management team made up of employees from different departments and levels of experience. This team has guided the group through internal networking events and an external town hall where CS Energy female leadership partnered with the National Girls Collaborative Project to reach out to women and encourage them to pursue careers in sustainability, engineering and pursue renewable energies.
CS Energy has already been recognized as one of New Jersey’s top places to work, among other things because the company offers paid time off for volunteering, flexible hours, and parental leave for men and women. These advantages, which are not yet universal in the construction industry, are often requested by women in the workforce.
“There are so many opportunities for women to thrive in the exciting fields of renewable energy, engineering and construction,” said Diana Palazzi Mery, executive vice president of Accounting & Finance, CS Energy. “We are working on a program that we hope will be a powerful tool to help drive their success.” Palazzi Mery is the first woman on the company’s executive team and one of the founding members of CS Energy WiRE.
About CS Energy
CS Energy is an industry-leading engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) energy company designing and building optimized projects in the solar, energy storage, and emerging energy industries. The attention to detail, flawless execution, and highly talented workforce at CS Energy have enabled the company to successfully design and install over 1 GW of solar projects in the US. CS Energy leverages close relationships with solar developers, IPPs, utilities, buyers, suppliers and landowners to help our customers streamline the project development process, reduce project costs and create value for everyone involved. CS Energy is majority-owned by Ares Infrastructure and Power and has an experienced and dedicated management team and the financial resources necessary to grow the solar and energy storage business as a trusted and long-term partner.
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