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"More than 3,00,000 new workers can be employed in wind and solar jobs and more than 1 million total employment opportunities can be created in achieving India's ambitious clean energy goals to install 160 gigawatts of renewable power by 2022," the study, released by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), said.
The study also finds that strong growth in the domestic solar manufacturing industry could provide full-time employment for an additional 45,000 people in India.
It said that solar jobs will be well distributed across India with Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh leading in job creation.
Neeraj Kuldeep, Programme Associate, CEEW, said in the statement, "80 per cent of the new clean energy workforce will be employed during the construction phase. However, despite these being contractual jobs, the large pipeline of renewable energy projects creates enough opportunities for workers to stay employed. Additionally, since most of these jobs are in the rooftop solar PV segment, central and state governments must provide greater policy support to the rooftop sector."
Nehmat Kaur, Consultant and Development Economist, NRDC, added, "With this tremendous opportunity, India is stepping up as a global leader in demonstrating how a growing economy can scale up renewables, generate employment and provide access in the face of rising energy demands."
For the past three years, CEEW and NRDC have annually surveyed India's solar and wind project developers, and now manufacturers, to collect accurate, market-based information on jobs created, workforce employed, and the skills required to achieve India's renewable energy goals.