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With increasing emphasis on renewable energy, job opportunities abound in this fast-growing industry.

Renewable energy sector has become one of the fundamental premises for making a sustainable global society, and in India it’s one of the fastest growing industries. India has moved to the second position from third in this year’s renewable energy country attractiveness index, thanks to strong government support and increasingly attractive economics.

Renewable energy has three forms primarily — tidal, solar and hydroelectric power, which are completely environment-friendly. Amongst these, solar power is no doubt the best-known renewable energy source. In January 2015, the Indian government expanded its solar plans, targeting US$100 billion in investment and 100 GW of solar capacity by 2022, envisaging 6.7 lakh jobs in India in 10 years.

India claimed the fifth largest power generation portfolio in the world. And its current renewable energy contribution stands at 44.812 GW in which it has 27.441 GW of Wind power and 8.062 GW of solar power installed capacity in the country. Thus, the focus of the Indian government on accomplishing ‘Power for all’ has increased the capacity in the country.

Growing opportunities

Speaking about India’s interest in solar power at the 2015 COP21 climate conference in Paris, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The world must turn to (the) Sun to power our future. India eyes more than 300,000 new jobs from renewable sector by 2020.” Unlimited potential of power generation leads to unlimited job opportunities. Such scope in this industry creates a positive interest and expansion in green-energy employment opportunities.

As renewable energy employment continued to shift toward Asian countries, India is one amongst the top four job markets in renewable energy sector that estimates around 385,200 total jobs including solar photovoltaic (31%), biogas (22%), wind power (16%), solid biomass (15%), hydropower (small) (3%), solar heating and cooling (4%) and liquid biofuels (9%). Direct employment in India will increase jobs in installation, operation, maintenance, and manufacturing.

The scope is unlimited as massive plans are being made by every state in India. Also, it increases interest amongst engineers who can make this possible in a short span of time. B.Tech, M.Tech, mechanical and electrical engineering diploma and degree holder graduates are more desirable with the potential to design and develop systems. There are equally lucrative opportunities for graduates in finance, business development, quality control or marketing for jobs as ecologists, planners, project managers, communications professionals and business developers. There are equally excellent opportunities for start-ups and entrepreneurs. Private universities and the government are laying a strong foundation and emphasis on training and creating a pool of people for the job opportunities in the renewable and solar sector. Attracting and retaining the right talent with domain knowledge and experience is important and therefore the pay package is high, compared to other industries.

Envisioning this employable opportunity and to deliver innovative and globally-benchmarked online education to aspirants, Amity University Online has launched a new three-month German Certification Programme in Renewable Energy (Wind & Photovoltaic) in India. It’s an online programme executed in partnership with The Renewables Academy (RENAC), based in Berlin (Germany). It’s more responsive to the needs of working professionals seeking online education with flexibility. It aims at equipping students with the different facets of renewable energy, solar energy, photovoltaic (Solar PV) systems and wind energy.

Source: thehindu
Anand Gupta Editor - EQ Int'l Media Network

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