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Clean Energy at Work



Posted on 2 June, 2020


Clean Energy at Work highlights the results of the largest study of current and projected employment in the renewable energy industry in Australia.

In mid-2019, the Clean Energy Council commissioned the first comprehensive survey of employment across the renewable energy industry. The survey covered small-scale rooftop solar, large-scale solar and wind, hydro and pumped hydro, battery storage and the associated supply chains.

Clean Energy at Work highlights this survey and covers current and projected renewable energy jobs across Australia, showing that in 2019 the renewable energy industry employed over 25,000 workers and that figure could rise to 44,000 by 2025. The report also highlights the opportunities renewable energy presents for rural and regional Australia, with around 70 per cent of employment dispersed outside capital cities across Australia, as well as showing that over half of all renewable energy jobs could be ongoing in operation and maintenance roles. The report also identifies the skills shortages that are causing significant bottlenecks across the renewable energy industry.

Clean energy jobs in the spotlight

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Cadetship provides trail-blazing opportunity

As Tasmania’s only female hydrographer in the hydropower industry, Alyssa Edmunds is playing a pivotal role in our renewable future.


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Community connectedness through rooftop solar

When Mark McClurg paddles out for a surf and looks back at solar panels dotted on roofs, he sees more than the work of his small business.


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Road less travelled a source of pride

Transporting over-size wind turbine components to site has proven to be a job like no other for veteran truck driver, Queensland-based, Robert Liston.


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It all starts with the right piece of land

Senior Power Generation Engineer Karina White specialises in utility-scale solar projects manages projects from the ground up.


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Taking family life to great new heights

Former FIFO mine worker Jarred Alsop says being able to pick up his kids from kinder has been one of the benefits of working above ground as a wind turbine technician.


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Winds of change blow into Colac

Traditionally host to agriculture, forestry and tourism, the Mt Gellibrand wind farm has brought economic diversity in Victoria’s Western District.


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Sticking with solar

Becoming a Clean Energy Council Accredited Installer was a smart career choice for Naomi Bourke.


You can download the report from University of Technology Sydney, Institute for Sustainable Futures here and download the full Clean Energy at Work report below.

Related Resources

Clean Energy Australia report

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