Jobs boost from booming solar sector

By Country News

Australia’s booming solar industry now supports more than 10000 full-time jobs.

That’s according to the latest Renewable Energy Index compiled by Green Energy Markets and funded by GetUp.

The index shows that 16042 rooftop systems were installed in January — supporting 5337 full-time jobs.

The news keeps getting better with another 5456 jobs set to be created by large-scale solar farms that are currently under construction, which will also kick 2273MW into the grid.

Queensland is leading the country on renewable jobs with 6421 construction jobs and South Australia’s overall solar generation is now the highest anywhere in the world as a proportion of total electricity generation.

GetUp campaign director Sam Regester said the latest REI was proof that some states were leading the way on the clean energy revolution.

But he said the Federal Government’s weak clean energy policies were putting Australia at risk of missing out on the benefits of the renewables boom.

‘‘The only thing holding renewables back is a lack of vision from the Federal Government,’’ Mr Regester said.

‘‘Malcolm Turnbull criticises South Australia’s clean energy program even though it is literally leading the world in solar power generation and helping him achieve his emissions reductions targets.’’