India's renewable energy sector could add over 3 lakh jobs by 2022

Green Energy may renew job hopes & create 3 lakh jobs in 5 years

Green Energy may renew job hopes & create 3 lakh jobs in 5 years

More than one million total employment opportunities will be created by 2022, to achieve India's ambitious clean energy goals to install 160 GW of renewable power.

It also recommended the governments to support development of training centres led by the private sector to source construction jobs locally since solar jobs are well distributed among states. He also pointed out that solar now employs more people than coal. But with a strong domestic manufacturing policy in place, another 45,000 could find indirect full-time jobs, according to the study.

This study is the third in a series of reports that look at job creation in the renewable sector. In all, 60% of the solar companies that responded were developing ground-mounted plants, while the rest were involved in rooftop solar projects.

This past March, the USA hit a major milestone by having wind and solar power account for 10 percent of energy generation in the country for the first time. 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 previous work and calculates both the number of full-time jobs that will be created by the solar and wind sector, as well as the number of workers that will be required to join the sectoral workforce full-time by 2022. "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 meet rising energy demands", Nehmat Kaur, who works with NRDC's India team and is based in New Delhi, said in a statement.

"80% of the new clean energy workforce will be employed during the construction phase".

The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) of India has recently revealed that India now hosts solar power capacity worth 845 MW, after the recent addition of the 225 MW Mandsaur Solar Power Project- a 250 MW solar farm located in Madhya Pradesh. "Since most of these jobs are in the rooftop solar PV segment, central and state governments must provide greater policy support to the rooftop sector", Kuldeep said. Of this, only 10% has been installed so far.

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