According to a research, India’s renewable energy sector has the potential to employ about one million people by 2030, with small-scale renewable energy projects providing the majority of the new jobs.
According to an independent study released by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Skill Council for Green Jobs, India’s renewable energy sector could potentially employ one million people by 2030, ten times the current workforce of an estimated 1.1 lakh (SCGJ).
In comparison to utility or large-scale projects like solar parks, the research “India’s Expanding Clean Energy Workforce” found that small-scale renewable energy initiatives such as rooftop solar and mini and micro-grid systems will provide the majority of new jobs.
The CEEW-NRDC-SCGJ report also underlined the pandemic’s negative impact on renewable energy employment. In comparison to the 12,400 new personnel hired in FY19, just 5,200 new workers were hired in FY20 and 6400 in FY21, according to the report.
The rooftop solar industry, which expanded 9% annual capacity over FY20 and accounted for 1.4 GW capacity, hired the bulk of the new workers in FY21, according to the report.
Between 2015 and 2017, India effectively taught 78,000 people under the Suryamitra training programme to increase the availability of competent employees for renewable energy projects, according to the report.
“To maximise job potential in the industry, the 2019 Union Budget should focus on scaling up rooftop solar, small and micro grid systems, and domestic solar manufacturing,” stated Dr. Arunabha Ghosh, CEO of CEEW.