India’s Expanding Clean Energy Workforce: Opportunities in the Solar and Wind Energy Sectors

Job creation, skill development and COVID recovery are key priorities for the Indian government. Jobs created in the renewable energy (RE) market offer a significant opportunity to meet the government’s multiple goals of employment generation, clean energy expansion, and economic development. As of August 2021, India reached a total installed capacity of 100 GW of RE, excluding large hydro.

This report provides an updated analysis on direct jobs created from solar and wind in financial year 2020 (FY20) and 2021 (FY21), building on earlier analysis by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), and Skill Council for Green Jobs (SCGJ).

This analysis uses workforce numbers, job-years per megawatt (MW), and the full time equivalent (FTE) coefficients calculated in earlier reports from data collected in 2017. This report provides updated findings and recommendations geared toward India’s goal of 500 GW of non-fossil fuel electricity generation capacity, including 450 GW of RE, by 2030.

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