A growth in wind farms is fuelling a jobs surge in the renewable energy industry with 17 percent employment growth in the sector in December.
Nationwide, there are now 15,691 renewable power jobs, rising to 21,168 when including those who work 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 accounts for 71 percent of energy jobs. Nowadays there are 79 wind farms operating in the country as well as at least another six as a result of be built this year.
“The wind farms being built at the moment will produce twice as much power each year since the Snowy Hydro scheme. When combined with wind farms already functioning, wind will supply five times more electricity per annum than that of the Snowy scheme.”
The brand new wind and huge-scale solar projects dedicated to in 2017 will generate greater than 10 terawatts hours of energy, equal to the entire power consumption of Tasmania. The largest would 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-purchase the energy generated from what would be the largest wind farm inside the southern hemisphere.
There have been 4417 megawatts of renewable energy projects under construction in December, up 500 megawatts from November, lifting both construction and operational jobs.
The rapid growth helps Australia hit its Renewable Power 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.
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Keppel Prince Engineering in Portland specialises in industrial fabrication as well as the manufacture of wind turbine towers for that renewable power sector. CREDIT:JESSICA SHAPIRO
“We’ve got NYC building our biggest wind farm, Washington doubling its renewable jobs in just 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 midst of a transformation, and NSW needs to make sure it’s taking full advantage of the renewables boom that is creating meaningful work with thousands of people,” she said.
The development in jobs has been 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 renewable power investments, funding more projects in 2017 compared to its last 36 months combined.
In accordance with Green Energy Markets data, “if Australia kept in the 2017 amounts of commitments for a further ten years, alternative energy would approach two-thirds of Australia’s electricity supply.”
Renewable energy now makes up about 16.3 per cent 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 power to power 6.9 million homes nationwide, and cutting emissions levels by approximately 2.1 million tonnes of fractional co2 equivalent.