Ambassador Energy's Director of Training Moderates Panel Discussion at NABCEP's Annual Continuing Education Conference

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She calls herself a 'Solar Dinosaur'. Now her industry peers call her an inspiration, as she leads the charge for women in solar as a double NABCEP- certified professional, solar instructor, energy advocate, off-grid specialist and, most recently, a California Certified Electrician.

Ambassador Energy's Director of Training, Catherine Kelso

when she isn’t busy over-achieving, she is right here...being the best solar trainer in the country

This inspirational 'Solar Dinosaur', Catherine Kelso, is making a name for herself in an industry where female representation is less than half that of the national workforce average. Not satisfied with just earning her NABCEP [North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners] credentials or holding the title of Director of Solar PV Training for Ambassador Energy, Kelso also just passed her test to become an electrician and is over half way to her degree in electrical engineering.

This week, Catherine shares her passion for solar photovoltaics in Albany, New York, far from her Southern California home base, serving as a Conference Presenter at the fourth annual NABCEP Continuing Education Conference. She was an early adopter of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, achieving certifications PV Installer and PV Technical Sales. She was one of a small group of women to do so that the time.

When not volunteering for non-profit The Veteran Asset’s Women of Solar committee, public speaking or guest-teaching at colleges and/or solar distribution firms, Kelso works her day job as Director of Training for Ambassador Energy. When she is not behind the podium, her employment duties expand to solar PV system design, client interface and supervising installations. Honed by experience in the field, her teaching skills contribute to higher than average pass rates.

“She has mastered the art of multi-tasking,” said Steve Fulgham, CEO of Ambassador Energy, who is also double NABCEP-certified. “From the beginning, more than five years ago, Catherine fit right in to our culture, where we truly believe in being experts at our craft. She continues to impress us, and we are blessed to have her in our AE family.”

In addition to participating in this week’s NABCEP conference, Kelso sits on an elite NABCEP committee crafting curriculum for a new certification for Solar Inspectors. “When she isn’t busy over-achieving, she is right here in our Ambassador Energy offices and training facility,” Fulgham continued, “being the best solar trainer in the country.”

For information on solar courses taught by Catherine Kelso, visit Ambassador Energy’s website.

About Ambassador Energy (AE)                                                            
IREC-accredited training provider with staff certified as NABCEP PV Installers and NABCEP PV Technical Sales.* CSLB #928112: General Contractor B, C10 Electrician and C46 Renewable Energy, providing design and installation of solar PV and solar training throughout the U.S. *fulgham/kelso

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