A boom in wind farms is fuelling a jobs rise in the renewable energy industry with 17 per cent employment development in the sector in December.
Nationwide, nowadays there are 15,691 renewable energy jobs, rising to 21,168 when including individuals in small-scale rooftop solar installation. This can be a 17 percent month on month increase from November job figures.
The boom in wind farms makes up about 71 % of all renewable energy jobs NY. Nowadays there are 79 wind farms operating in the country and also at least another six due to be built this coming year.
“The wind farms being built at present will produce twice as much power per annum as the Snowy Hydro scheme. When coupled with wind farms already in operation, wind will supply 5 times more electricity per year than that of the Snowy scheme.”
The brand new wind and large-scale solar projects focused on in 2017 will generate a lot more than 10 terawatts hours of energy, equivalent to the whole power intake 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 registered to pre-buy the energy generated from what would be the largest wind farm within the southern hemisphere.
There were 4417 megawatts of renewable power projects under construction in December, up 500 megawatts from November, lifting both construction and operational jobs.
The rapid growth is assisting Australia hit its Renewable Energy 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 the creation of wind turbine towers for the alternative energy sector.
Keppel Prince Engineering in Portland specialises in industrial fabrication and the creation of wind turbine towers for the 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 some great benefits 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 make sure it’s taking full advantage of the renewables boom that is certainly creating meaningful benefit countless people,” she said.
The development in jobs has become maintained by a record 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 a significant role dxtllp supporting these renewable power investments, funding more projects in 2017 than in its last 36 months combined.
Based on Green Energy Markets data, “if Australia kept in the 2017 amounts of commitments to get a further ten years, renewable energy would approach two-thirds of Australia’s electricity supply.”
Renewable energy now makes up about 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 alternative energy to power 6.9 million homes nationwide, and cutting emissions levels by approximately 2.1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent.