Australian labour hire companies recruiting trades and labourers to keep up with the growing demand for solar farm construction workforce.
As solar takes off across the country, Globe Group are supporting the future of zero-emissions energy through offering labour hire solutions to solar construction projects in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria.
Solar energy is hot right around the globe right now, a recent report from the UN has revealed.
Global Trends in Renewable Energy Investment 2019 has reported that global investment in renewable energy capacity over the last decade is set to hit almost 3.9 trillion. This translates to more gigawatts of solar power capacity installed between 2010-2019 than any other energy technology.
The solar market is booming at an exceptional speed. This is exemplified with the international investment in renewable energy (with the exception of large hydro) that has increased approximately fourfold since 2009.
The solar energy sector is erupting globally, but it’s our sunburnt country that is leading the way. According to a paper published by ANU, the Australian deployment rate of renewable energy is 4-5 times faster per capita than EU, USA, Japan and China. Solar farms are increasingly looking like the best option to bridge the power gap, as traditional sites of power generation slowly lose favour around the nation.
In 2017, Australia witnessed the closure of Victoria’s Hazelwood power station, a major source of Australia’s brown coal-fired power. Closed due to ageing generators, shutting down the power plant has led to brown coal-fired power to dip by 17% between 2017 and 2018, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Brown coal is one of the most carbon emission intensive sources of energy, and the closure of the Hazelwood power station has been reported as both a win for Australia’s environmental pursuits and a tragedy for the 900 workers who were forced out of jobs.
As it stands, Australia still relies heavily on the burning of fossil fuels to keep the nation powered.
In 2019, 60% of Australia’s power supply comes from coal. While this might seem like a lot, it’s a big drop from the coal’s dominant share of 84%, back in the ‘90s.
Coal is set to slowly be phased out as renewable energies, particularly solar, rise.
The September issue of the National Emissions Audit by energy analyst Hugh Saddler supported by the Australia Institute, has revealed a growth of solar and wind power throughout the month. Today, wind and solar claim 14% of power generation in Australia. Journalist for Renew Economy, Giles Parkinson is quick to point out that this will increase as large-scale solar farms connect to the grid and initiatives like the $75 million Emerging Energy Program continue to remain popular.
While traditional sources of the nation’s power continue to slow, renewables are picking up speed.
This translates to far more than purely environmental benefits for Australia. For our hard-working Aussies, it means jobs – and lots of them.
The future is looking bright for solar energy in Australia
The Northern Territory government has set a target of reaching a net zero emission energy plan by 2050 through harnessing solar energy. The plan indicates that the 10GW solar roll-out by 2030 has the potential to create more than 8,000 jobs and rope in revenue of $2 billion.
When the Kerang solar and battery farm opened earlier this year, 180 people were employed for 10-12 months for the construction phase. Chief Executive of Edify Energy, John Cole claims that in just on-site provisions and food alone, workers injected tens of millions of dollars into the local economy.
Speaking to the ABC, manager for economic development at the Gannawarra Shire Council said, “The world’s changing, the world will continue to change, we can either sit back and watch it change or try and jump in and benefit our local economy and community”.
Globe Group comprehends the impact solar energy is having in Australia better than most, having witnessed an increased demand for labour solutions over the past year. Right now, the growing solar industry is demanding a skilled workforce across a range of trades to assist in the construction of solar farms across QLD, Victoria and NSW. As such, Globe has dispatched various skilled workforces to a host of major projects right across Australia. From short-term casual construction work to medium-term specialised recruitment solutions, our team has been supporting the boom of Australia’s solar energy industry.
Erynst & Young and the Climate Council posit that If Australia was to hit its target of 50% renewables by 2030, that would translate to 30,000 jobs nationally for hard working Aussies. Sound good, doesn’t it?
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Written by Amelia Fynes-Clinton for Globe Group