A boom in wind farms is fuelling a jobs surge within the renewable energy industry with 17 per cent employment development in the sector in December.
Nationwide, there are now 15,691 renewable power jobs, rising to 21,168 when including individuals in small-scale rooftop solar installation. This can be a 17 % month on month increase from November job figures.
The boom in wind farms makes up about 71 percent of all the solar energy jobs NY. There are now 79 wind farms operating in the nation and at least another six due to be built this year.
“The wind farms being built at the moment will produce twice as much power each year as the Snowy Hydro scheme. When along with wind farms already functioning, wind will supply 5 times more electricity per year than that of the Snowy scheme.”
The new wind and huge-scale solar projects committed to in 2017 will generate a lot more than 10 terawatts hours of energy, equal to the whole power usage of Tasmania. The biggest would be the Murra Warra wind farm near Horsham in Victoria. In December, Telstra, ANZ, Coca-Cola Amatil and The University of Melbourne signed up to pre-purchase the energy generated from what will be the largest wind farm inside the southern hemisphere.
There have been 4417 megawatts of renewable energy projects being built in December, up 500 megawatts from November, lifting both construction and operational jobs.
The rapid growth helps Australia hit its Renewable Energy Target, and increase the amount of green energy in the nation’s power mix.
Queensland is at the forefront 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 creation of wind turbine towers for that renewable energy sector.
Keppel Prince Engineering in Portland specialises in industrial fabrication as well as the creation of wind turbine towers for the renewable power sector. CREDIT:JESSICA SHAPIRO
“We’ve got NYC building our biggest wind farm, Washington doubling its renewable jobs in only four months, and South Australia reaping the benefits of the world’s biggest battery,” GetUp environmental justice campaigner director Miriam Lyons said.
“Our electricity grid is in the midst of a transformation, and NSW needs to make certain it’s taking full benefit of the renewables boom which is creating meaningful work for countless people,” she said.
The expansion in jobs continues to be supported by an archive year in clean energy investment, as companies enter power purchase agreements totalling an archive 5.4 gigawatts.
In 2017, financing and investment for renewable generation projects rose to almost $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 compared to its last 36 months combined.
According to Green Energy Markets data, “if Australia kept in the 2017 degrees of commitments for any further ten years, alternative energy would approach two-thirds of Australia’s electricity supply.”
Renewable energy now accounts for 16.3 % 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 alternative energy to power 6.9 million homes nationwide, and cutting emissions levels by approximately 2.1 million tonnes of co2 equivalent.