Energy jobs to soar with renewable uptake

Research has revealed the uptake of renewables could create around 28,000 new jobs by 2030.

The Renewable Energy: Future Jobs and Growth report, by Ernst and Young and the Climate Council, has found Australia’s goals to reach at least 50 per cent renewable electricity by 2030 would boost employment by almost 50 per cent.

Most states will see around half of all jobs in 2030 dedicated to rooftop solar PV, according to the report. In Tasmania and New South Wales, rooftop solar PV jobs would comprise as much as 25 per cent of all jobs created in the energy sector.

In the electricity sector, as many as 70 per cent of jobs created will be in the rooftop solar space, with 9 per cent in large-scale solar. Of ongoing operations jobs, 11 per cent will be in rooftop solar and 4 per cent in large-scale solar.

If Australia aims for at least 50 per cent renewable electricity by 2030, the report found:

  • more than 11,000 jobs will be created in New South Wales
  • more than 6000 jobs will be created in Queensland
  • around 4000 jobs will be created in Victoria
  • more than 3600 jobs will be created in South Australia
  • almost 2000 jobs will be created in WA
  • more than 500 jobs will be created in Tasmania

With the Federal Election looming, Australian Solar Council CEO John Grimes said the report demonstrates how renewable energy can lower emissions and revitalise the economy.

“Many of the jobs created through rooftop solar are local, so by voting for candidates who are pro-solar this election you are also voting for candidates who are pro-jobs in your electorate,” he said.

“Australians are looking for leaders who support small business and ordinary people who stand to save every day with solar. The renewables industry is the biggest business opportunity the world has ever seen, and anyone who doesn’t get that shouldn’t be in charge of our country’s future.”