SEIA Released “The Diverse Suppliers Database”
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) launched the Diverse Suppliers Database on June 2, 2021. SEIA’s database strives to link people with businesses that are at least 51% owned by racial minorities, people with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and women. The database now has information on more than 120 different firms, and the platform will stay open for submissions.
SEIA has developed supplier diversity guides and resources for the industry. But firms consistently claimed that the most difficult obstacle to implementation was locating diverse firms participating in the solar sector. Aside from the information disparity, there were also financial constraints. There are supplier diversity databases available. But they are not specific to the solar and storage industries. And the fees they demand can be extremely expensive for the numerous small enterprises that operate in the market.
These difficulties have continued, preventing solar firms from progressing in supplier diversification.
SEIA collaborated on methodology and recruitment with Black Owners of Solar Services (BOSS) to ensure equal outcomes for firms registered in the database and to increase participation. BOSS is one of the leading organizations in African American solar industry.
SEIA’s Diverse Suppliers Database is a free, user-friendly platform. It allows users to sort, filter, and keyword search for a wide range of firms that provide services throughout the solar and storage supply chain.
What is exactly the Divers supplier’s database?
Companies with diversified ownership are active in all aspects and verticals of the solar industry, from manufacturers and project developers to installers and financiers. As part of an effort to assist and promote diverse firms in the sector, SEIA’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Leadership Council directed the creation of this database.
The main target of this database is to assist solar firms in making more informed decisions about their supplier networks and alliances. The firms included in the database include solar and storage installers, roofers, construction firms, electrical contractors. Also, it has information on other vendors or service providers in the solar and energy storage sectors.
The information in this database has been completely self-certified. SEIA recommends that you confirm the ownership position of a vendor/supplier/partner, especially if your organization has a supplier diversity initiative.
According to the SEIA, climate resilience, sustainability, and racial justice are critical components of America’s economic recovery in the twenty-first century. The purpose of the database is to shine a light on underprivileged areas. As a result, they will be able to drive innovation while reaping the benefits of the energy revolution.
Abigail Ross Hopper’s statement
“The $30 billion solar and storage industry is filled with tremendous opportunities. But our future success depends on our ability to expand our reach and welcome more diverse businesses to the industry,”. Said Abigail Ross Hopper. She is the president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association.
“SEIA’s supplier diversity database will create business connections for company leaders across America and throughout the solar industry supply chain. Solar companies are eager to implement business practices that create a more inclusive and diverse solar industry. And therefore, this tool can support that goal.”
Another outcome of SEIA’s DEIJ Leadership Council is this database. Furthermore, it integrates feedback from a number of solar businesses that will use and/or be listed in the database. The DEIJ Leadership Council is also in charge of SEIA’s new environmental justice policy platform and is planning to establish an industry certification program for solar and storage firms in the fall.