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June 22, 2017: More than 300,000 new workers can be employed in wind and solar jobs and more than one million total employment opportunities can be created in achieving India’s ambitious clean energy goals to install 160 GW of renewable power by 2022, a study said on Wednesday.

The labour-intensive rooftop solar segment will employ 70 per cent of the new workforce, creating seven times more jobs than large-scale projects such as solar farms, said the study, published jointly by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC).


It also said it found that strong growth in the domestic solar manufacturing industry could provide fulltime employment for an additional 45,000 people in India.

The first-of-its-kind CEEW-NRDC study, “Greening India’s Workforce: Gearing Up For Expansion of Solar and Wind Power in India,” builds on earlier work by both organisations to calculate both the number of full-time jobs that will be created by the solar and wind sectors, as well as the number of workers that will be required to join the sectoral workforce by 2022.

The study estimates that India’s clean energy goals have the potential to put 34,600 people to work in wind power, 58,600 in utility solar and 238,000 in rooftop solar jobs over the next five years.

Solar jobs will be well distributed across India with Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh leading in job creation.

Wind jobs are likely to be concentrated in a few states that have high wind potential, as has been the case with wind capacity.

“Eighty per cent of the new clean energy workforce will be employed during the construction phase. However, despite these being contractual jobs, the large pipeline of renewable energy projects creates enough opportunities for workers to stay employed,” said a statement quoting CEEW Programme Associate Neeraj Kuldeep.

Skill Council for Green Jobs CEO Praveen Saxena said this study captured a new dimension in accurately assessing manpower requirements in the solar and wind domain.

NRDC Consultant Nehmat Kaur said: “Clean energy expansion is generating thousands of new jobs while meeting India’s climate and economic goals. With this tremendous opportunity, India is stepping up as a global leader in demonstrating how a growing economy can scale up renewables, generate employment and provide access in the face of rising energy demands.”

For the past three years, CEEW and NRDC have annually surveyed India’s solar and wind project developers, and now manufacturers, to collect accurate, market-based information on jobs created, workforce employed, and the skills required to achieve India’s renewable energy goals. IANS


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The Prime Minister continued in her speech: "Commanding the imagination of the world through the pursuit of excellence, her creativity, her discipline, and above all else, her extraordinary commitment to the land of her birth. "Having satisfied that, Ambassador Robyn Rihanna Fenty has given service to Barbados which has been exemplified by visionary and pioneering leadership, extraordinary achievement and the attaining of the highest excellence to the Government of Barbados." It comes after a historic move for Barbados, which has become a republic after almost 400 years and welcomes its first president, Sandra Mason, after removing Queen Elizabeth as head of state. (IANS/ MBI)


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