A boom in wind farms is fuelling a jobs rise in the alternative energy industry with 17 per cent employment increase in the sector in December.

Nationwide, nowadays there are 15,691 renewable energy jobs, rising to 21,168 when including individuals in small-scale rooftop solar installation. It is a 17 percent month on month increase from November job figures.

The boom in wind farms makes up about 71 % of all the solar energy jobs NY. There are now 79 wind farms operating in the nation and also at least another six due to be built this season.

“The wind farms under construction at the moment will produce twice as much power per year since the Snowy Hydro scheme. When combined with wind farms already functioning, wind will supply 5 times more electricity each year compared to the Snowy scheme.”

The newest wind and enormous-scale solar projects committed to in 2017 will generate a lot more than 10 terawatts hours of energy, equal to the whole power intake of Tasmania. The greatest will be the Murra Warra wind farm near Horsham in Victoria. In December, Telstra, ANZ, Coca-Cola Amatil and also the University of Melbourne enrolled to pre-purchase the energy generated from what would be the largest wind farm within the southern hemisphere.

There were 4417 megawatts of renewable energy projects being built in December, up 500 megawatts from November, lifting both construction and operational jobs.

The rapid growth helps Australia hit its Renewable Power Target, and increase the level of green energy in the nation’s power mix.

Queensland is leading the way in renewable jobs and projects, following by Victoria, which recently displaced New South Wales for second place.

Keppel Prince Engineering in Portland specialises in industrial fabrication and also the creation of wind turbine towers for your alternative energy sector.

Keppel Prince Engineering in Portland specialises in industrial fabrication and also the manufacture of wind turbine towers for the alternative energy sector. CREDIT:JESSICA SHAPIRO

“We’ve got NYC building our biggest wind farm, Washington doubling its renewable jobs in just four months, and South Australia reaping some great benefits of the world’s biggest battery,” GetUp environmental justice campaigner director Miriam Lyons said.

“Our electricity grid is in the midst of a transformation, and NSW needs to make sure it’s taking full benefit of the renewables boom which is creating meaningful benefit thousands of people,” she said.

The growth in jobs has been supported by an archive year in clean energy investment, as companies enter power purchase agreements totalling a record 5.4 gigawatts.

In 2017, financing and investment for renewable generation projects rose to just about $US7 billion ($8.75 billion).

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has played a major role dxtllp supporting these renewable energy investments, funding more projects in 2017 when compared to its last three years combined.

In accordance with Green Energy Markets data, “if Australia kept in the 2017 levels of commitments to get a further a decade, renewable power would approach two-thirds of Australia’s electricity supply.”

Alternative energy now accounts for 16.3 percent of Australia’s total annual generation, with 1150 gigawatt hours from wind; 953 gigawatt hours from small-scale rooftop solar; 779 gigawatt hours from hydro; 174 gigawatt hours from bio-generation, and 69 gigawatt hours from large-scale solar farms, creating enough renewable energy to power 6.9 million homes nationwide, and cutting emissions levels by approximately 2.1 million tonnes of co2 equivalent.