India’s rapidly growing renewable energy sector will generate a significant number of new jobs apart from giving the country cleaner environment, a new study has forecast.
Around 300,000 such jobs in this sector will be created in the next five years, according to a study done by Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The eventual job potential of the sector, according to the study, is 34,600 in wind power, 58,600 in ground mounted solar projects and 238,000 in rooftop solar projects.
Solar and wind energy employed more than 21,000 people in India in 2016-2017, and this is expected to more than double this year with 25,000 more jobs, it said.
Interestingly, setting up rooftop solar projects provides far more jobs than similar projects on the ground. The study estimated that installing 1MW of rooftop solar would create 25 jobs, while on ground each MW would require only three people. “The focus has been on groundmounted solar and the push to reduce tariffs although it is the rooftop sector which generates more jobs. So, the government will have to decide where it wants to focus,” said KanikaBSE 0.00 % Chawla, senior programme lead at ..
“As more renewable capacity is added, the demand for maintenance, scheduling and forecasting too will increase. This means still more jobs in those areas. Rooftop is not only creating jobs but entrepreneurs too. But if they are serious about rooftop, proper contracts and sound legal framework will need to be put in place.
There is currently a sizeable skill shortage in the sector. The ministry of new and renewable energy has set up the Skill Council for Green Jobs to address the problem.