A boom in wind farms is fuelling a jobs surge in the renewable power industry with 17 percent employment growth in the sector in December.
Nationwide, now there are 15,691 alternative energy jobs, rising to 21,168 when including those who work in small-scale rooftop solar installation. It is a 17 % month on month increase from November job figures.
The boom in wind farms accounts for 71 per cent of energy jobs. Now there are 79 wind farms operating in the united states and also at least another six because of be built this year.
“The wind farms under construction currently will produce twice as much power per annum because the Snowy Hydro scheme. When coupled with wind farms already functioning, wind will supply five times more electricity each year compared to the Snowy scheme.”
The brand new wind and large-scale solar projects dedicated to in 2017 will generate a lot more than 10 terawatts hours of energy, equivalent to the whole power consumption of Tasmania. The biggest will be the Murra Warra wind farm near Horsham in Victoria. In December, Telstra, ANZ, Coca-Cola Amatil and also the University of Melbourne enrolled to pre-purchase the energy generated from what would be the largest wind farm inside the southern hemisphere.
There were 4417 megawatts of renewable energy projects being built in December, up 500 megawatts from November, lifting both construction and operational jobs.
The rapid growth is helping Australia hit its Renewable Power Target, and increase the level of green energy in the nation’s power mix.
Queensland is leading the way in renewable jobs and projects, following by Victoria, which recently displaced New South Wales for second place.
Keppel Prince Engineering in Portland specialises in industrial fabrication and also the manufacture of wind turbine towers for the alternative energy sector.
Keppel Prince Engineering in Portland specialises in industrial fabrication as well as the output of wind turbine towers for that alternative energy sector. CREDIT:JESSICA SHAPIRO
“We’ve got NYC building our biggest wind farm, Washington doubling its renewable jobs within four months, and South Australia reaping the advantages of the world’s biggest battery,” GetUp environmental justice campaigner director Miriam Lyons said.
“Our electricity grid is in the middle of a transformation, and NSW needs to ensure it’s taking full benefit from the renewables boom that is certainly creating meaningful work for thousands of people,” she said.
The growth in jobs continues to be supported by an archive year in clean energy investment, as companies enter power purchase agreements totalling a record 5.4 gigawatts.
In 2017, financing and investment for renewable generation projects rose to just about $US7 billion ($8.75 billion).
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has played an important role dxtllp supporting these alternative energy investments, funding more projects in 2017 than in its last 36 months combined.
Based on Green Energy Markets data, “if Australia kept the 2017 levels of commitments for any further a decade, renewable energy would approach two-thirds of Australia’s electricity supply.”
Renewable power now accounts for 16.3 percent of Australia’s total annual generation, with 1150 gigawatt hours from wind; 953 gigawatt hours from small-scale rooftop solar; 779 gigawatt hours from hydro; 174 gigawatt hours from bio-generation, and 69 gigawatt hours from large-scale solar farms, creating enough renewable energy to power 6.9 million homes nationwide, and cutting emissions levels by approximately 2.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.