The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has recently announced that twelve new large-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) plants are set to be constructed across Australia, tripling the amount of energy produced from big solar.
Regional economies will benefit massively from the dozen new developments that will also see up to $1 billion worth of commercial investment.
Job prospects look great too with thousands of new employment opportunities, including over 2,300 direct jobs in the renewables sector.
Jobs in the renewable energy sector increased by 5% worldwide last year, which set a record in installation and investment. Currently, there are more than 8.1 million jobs in renewables, mainly in solar photovoltaic, liquid biofuels and wind energy.
“Australia’s big solar revolution is tantalisingly close and, as more home-grown businesses step up to provide construction, engineering, and financial services, this newest tranche of ARENA-supported projects is well positioned to take the sector even closer to commerciality,” said ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht.
ARENA have been the driving force in bringing down costs and accelerating the commerciality of large-scale solar in Australia, but the organisation could soon be at risk. The federal government is proposing to cut some of ARENA’s future financing and its ability to offer grants. Australia is currently at the forefront of the renewable energy revolution, however, should the cuts be made, they would threaten energy research, innovation, and education.
The mission of ARENA is to facilitate financial investment and adhere to their core vision of enabling Australia to be increasingly powered by affordable renewable energy, which long term will aid in creating a carbon neutral planet.
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