Joanna Frith Obtains NABCEP Certification
BE Solar’s Director of Sales, Joanna Frith is the first woman in Bermuda to obtain the NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) PV Associate Certificate.
What’s that, you ask? NABCEP is the most respected, well-established and widely recognized certification organization for professionals in the field of renewable energy. NABCEP offers certifications and credentials for skilled professionals, specialists and those new to working in the areas of photovoltaics (solar electricity), solar water heating, and small wind technologies.
Joanna originally trained as a dental assistant in Canada and arrived in Bermuda in 2011. In 2018, she decided to change careers and was successfully recruited to join the team at BE Solar to train and play a critical role in helping to grow the company by focusing on sales and marketing initiatives. “Although I loved working in a clinical setting, I always envisioned myself working in environmental sustainability and the renewable energy field. Taking a step outside of my comfort zone and transitioning careers into a field that challenged my personal and professional growth was a life changing experience and has been so rewarding.
Since 2018, Joanna has helped BE Solar sell and install 100’s of solar systems and offset thousands of barrels of oil. “Studying during my pregnancy and maternity leave was a lot to balance, but it was exciting to know that what I was working towards would be a great example for my daughter and her generation. As I transitioned into my new role as a working mom, it was a lot to juggle as my studies involved a great amount of attention towards technical knowledge and hands-on experience. I am so thankful to my husband and family for their support which allowed me the flexibility to tackle this while adjusting to life as a new parent.” stated Joanna.
“I am so proud to be the first woman in Bermuda to obtain this certification and to represent BE Solar. It will be exciting to see other women get involved in the renewable industry as we see the demand for jobs on the rise.”
Currently there are 10 people that hold NABCEP certifications in Bermuda and 7 of these people work on the BE Solar Team. 50% of the BE Solar team are NABCEP certified and the company's goal is to have 80% certified by the end of 2021.
Stuart Kriendler, Managing Director of BE Solar stated, “We are so proud of Joanna for achieving this significant milestone and showing her dedication to raising the bar in our industry and continuing to set us apart.”
BE Solar has a vision of an efficient Bermuda powered by affordable renewable energy and remains committed to providing the highest quality energy solutions accessible to all.