As the world gathers to discuss sustainability at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris, organisations in our own country have taken actions to encourage more sustainable energy production.
According to the Climate Council of Australia, clean energy could become one of Australia's key exports, creating new prospects for engineering recruitment. The global market for sustainable energy solutions is also predicted to grow to $2.3 trillion by 2035, making the sector a lucrative venture as well as a more socially conscious activity.
So, how will these opportunities unfold as we move into 2016?
Professionals welcomed to contribute to Victorian energy plan
In light of a new and greener focus for energy, the Victorian government has put together an action plan to help develop the emerging sustainable energy industry. This sector was named as a key area for the $200 million Future Industries Fund which aims to create new jobs and growth in the state.
Minister for Industry Lily D'Ambrosio has encouraged all relevant industry groups, organisations and individuals to come forward with their suggestions for the Energy Technologies Discussion Paper. The main topics cover emerging process innovation, energy efficient projects and productive energy storage.
"We're starting a conversation about driving jobs and prosperity in Victoria's new energy technologies sector," she said.
"The discussion paper looks at how we can optimise the take up of new energy technology to help Victoria transition into a clean energy future."
According to Energy Australia, the government aims to produce 20 per cent of all Australian energy via renewable sources by 2020 and this plan should be an immense contribution to these efforts.
Off-grid solar plant opens new engineering opportunities
Victoria is not the only state exploring renewable energy options. A key plant recently completed in Western Australia by SandFire group will require engineers to maintain and further develop the site in the near future.
The $40 million project is the largest integrated off-grid solar and battery storage facility in Australia.
The new 10.6MW solar power station located at the DeGrussa Copper Mine will need panels installed and electronics recalibrated until the first quarter of 2016. The site will also require maintenance work to ensure it can provide a consistent supply to nearby mining operations.
According to a release from the organisation, the $40 million project is the largest integrated off-grid solar and battery storage facility in Australia, spanning across 20 hectares.
Not only will sustainable energy help preserve the climate and delicate environment, it can yield lucrative opportunities for professional engineering firms. If you are interested in developing your own projects, speak to Design and Construct today to find the best talent in the country.