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India’s renewable energy sector can employ 1m people by 2030: study

Author: India Weekly
by India Weekly
Posted: Jan 31, 2022

INDIA’S renewable energy sector has the potential to employ around a million people by 2030, a study has said, adding that most of the new jobs would be generated by small-scale renewable energy projects.

If the estimate by the independent study released by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Skill Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ) is to be believed, employment of around one million people in the renewable energy sector means it would be 10 times more than the existing workforce of an estimated 1.1 lakh (0.11 million) in the sector.

India’s renewable energy sector can employ 1m people by 2030: study

The study, titled ‘India’s Expanding Clean Energy Workforce’, highlighted that most of the new jobs would be generated by small-scale renewable energy projects such as rooftop solar and mini and micro-grid systems compared to utility or large-scale projects like solar parks.

The CEEW-NRDC-SCGJ analysis also highlighted the adverse impact of the pandemic on employment in the renewable energy sector.

In comparison to 12,400 new workers employed in the sector in FY19, only 5,200 new workers were employed in FY20 and 6400 were employed in FY21, it said.

In FY21, a majority of the new workers were employed in the rooftop solar segment where annual capacity additions grew by nine per cent over FY20 and accounted for 1.4 GW capacity, the study added.

The study also noted that India has successfully trained 78,000 people under the Suryamitra training programme between 2015 and 2017 to improve the availability of skilled workers for clean energy projects.

"The upcoming Union Budget must especially focus on scaling up rooftop solar, mini and micro grid systems, and domestic solar manufacturing to maximise the employment opportunities in the sector," Dr Arunabha Ghosh, chief executive officer at CEEW, said.

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