Solar push could mean 3 lakh jobs by 2022’

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New report by the think tanks, Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) says

  • India to be able to meet its commitment of adding 1,60,000 MW of renewable power (solar and wind power) by 2022, it would generate employment for 3,00,000 new workers, Ninety per cent of these jobs would be in the solar sector.
  • Currently both these industries employ around 21,000 people. But with a strong domestic manufacturing policy in place, another 45,000 could find indirect full-time jobs, according to the study.
  • Seventy per cent of the new jobs would be in the labour-intensive rooftop solar segment, which tend to generate “seven times more jobs” than large-scale projects such as solar farms, which are more typically associated with India’s solar push.
  • The findings were based on a survey of 37 solar companies, eight solar manufacturers, and nine wind companies. In all, 60% of the solar companies that responded were developing ground-mounted plants, while the rest were involved in rooftop solar projects.
  • Solar jobs would be distributed fairly evenly across the country, with a pronounced tilt in favour of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh. However, wind jobs were likely to be concentrated in a few States that have high wind potential.

The Council on Energy, Environment and Water:

  • Commonly known as CEEW
  • Is a Delhi-based not-for-profit policy research institution.
  • Some of CEEW’s research areas include resource efficiency and security; water resources; renewable energy; sustainability finance; energy-trade-climate linkages; integrated energy, environment and water plans; and climate geoengineering governance.
  • The think-tank advises the Indian government

Background:

  • The CEEW was founded in 2010. The International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG), as part of its ‘Climate Think Tank’ standardised ranking, has rated CEEW as India’s top climate think tank in 2012 and 2013.
  • In August 2014, Prakash Javadekar, the Indian Minister of State for Environment, Forests and Climate Change, released CEEW and WWF-India’s joint report ‘RE+ Renewables beyond Electricity Solar Air Conditioning and Desalination in India
  • Results of CEEW’s research about environmental topics are widely reported in news outlets. The organisation is also involved in organising conferences about environmental topics.

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

  • Is a New York City-based, non-profit international environmental advocacy group, with offices in New York City, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Bozeman, Montana, and Beijing, China.
  • The NRDC was co-founded in 1970 by John Adams, Richard Ayres, John Bryson, Edward Strohbehn, and Gus Speth. Together with a board of scientists and attorneys the NRDC is at the forefront of the environmental movement.
  • It seeks to influence federal and state environmental and other agencies, the Congress and state legislatures, and the courts to reduce global warming, limit pollution, and generally conserve energy and increase sustainability of commerce and manufacturing.
  • The Council  supports an environmental science program that involves NRDC staff and associated scientists, including a program seeking transformation of manufacturing industries to more sustainable production. In addition, the organization states that it educates the public.
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