Military Veteran Solar Training Program Graduates its First Female Officer

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Representing only a small fraction of the solar photovoltaic workforce, it is not unusual that women are also under-represented in the solar classroom. The Veteran Asset, a non-profit whose mission is facilitating solar training and placing its graduates into jobs within the renewable energy industries, is doing its part to change the statistics by recruiting women.

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“As a woman in solar, I am personally excited to have a female military officer in our most recent graduating class,” said Kelly Smith, co-founder of The Veteran Asset. “Monica Laux’s successful completion of our course and the NABCEP EL Exam is an example of our commitment to recruiting women, finding them jobs in solar, and creating a more balanced male/female ratio in the solar workforce. We met Monica at Camp Pendleton, where she recently finished her military career.”    

Laux graduated from the Naval Academy in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics. Upon graduation, she was selected for a commission as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps, where she began her military career as a logistician, leading large-scale teams in executing military exercises, deployments, humanitarian aid and disaster-relief missions throughout the Asian-Pacific region. During her six years of honorable service, Monica also developed project management skills as lead for two critical IT systems, supporting a user community of more than 8,000 Marines stationed across the globe.

When asked what compelled her to seek a career in renewable energy, this Marine said, “I have always been passionate about the environment, especially in my adult life, where I have witnessed a throw-away culture of wastefulness. I realize how important a shift is. If we don’t make major changes right now to a sustainable approach, we will be furthering our catastrophic impacts on the environment. My career goal is to be at the forefront of making the changes that save this planet.”

In addition to promoting women in solar, Monica is also an advocate of renewable energy companies hiring veterans. “Vets are unstoppable. If you are going to select a perfect workforce to make this shift, veterans are perfect. They adapt and create solutions. It’s what they do every day. Dynamic and challenging environments are nothing new to them.”

Monica Laux is one of 15 graduates of the Entry Level PV Design & Installation 10-Day Solar Training Course, offered by Ambassador Energy. She hopes to stay in the Southern California area, working within the renewable energy space, and changing the world.

About The Veteran Asset (TVA)
Tax-exempt nonprofit 501(c)(3)organization, whose mission is to recruit, train and place U.S. military veterans into meaningful careers within the renewable energy sector.

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