Report: India's solar ambitions to create more than 1 million jobs

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If India is to achieve 100 GW of solar by 2022, it will require hundreds of thousands of PV power plant engineers, construction and operations and maintenance workers, delivering a green jobs boom to the country. Two independent research and analysis bodies, the NRDC and CEEW, published the findings today, noting almost one-quarter of the jobs will be ongoing beyond the project construction phase.

“India has a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate how a growing economy can scale up green energy, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and boosting renewable power, and protect our climate while meeting rising energy demands,” said Nehmat Kaur, NRDC India Representative.

The analysis found that 210,800 skilled engineers will be required for PV power plant design, 624,000 construction works for construction and 182,400 low-skilled workers for ongoing project O&M. The analysis does not take into account manufacturing jobs, which NRDC “another significant jobs opportunity.”