Wind farm developments are booming in Australia, according to the latest Renewable Energy Index data.
The monthly Green Energy Markets report has revealed wind farm construction has exceeded the 10,000-job mark, as Victoria surges past New South Wales in renewable energy construction jobs.
“There are now 4417MW of renewable energy projects currently under construction in Australia, up by almost 500MW on the prior month,” the index said.
“These will create enough jobs to employ 15,691 people full-time of which wind farms represent 11,217 of those jobs.
“Victoria has now surged past NSW to take second place in renewable energy project construction jobs, behind Queensland.”
Victoria’s construction job count leapt from 2459 to 4791 jobs, due to the commitment to construction of Australia’s largest ever wind farm – the 530MW Stockyard Hill development.
“While many Australians proudly think of the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme as a great construction and power engineering achievement, its power generation is now dwarfed by wind power,” the index said.
“The wind farms under construction at present will produce twice as much power per annum as the Snowy Hydro scheme.
“When combined with wind farms already in operation, wind will supply fives times more electricity per annum than that of the Snowy Scheme.”