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News Brief | May 2012

SEMI India re-iterates its commitment to skill development for solar industry

SEMI India launched a solar PV work force development initiative, with a three-day short-term course on 'Off-grid solar PV components and systems" at the India Habitat Centre in New Delhi. This short-term course will be the first in a series of courses that SEMI will organise in 2012 in collaboration with the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE), IIT Bombay.

The initiative aims to address the needs of the solar PV industry in India by offering programmes delivered by leading academic and industry experts and expanding awareness about the state of the art solar/PV technologies, applications and practices.

Globally, the solar and renewable energy industries are seen as major engines of job growth. For those eyeing the energy sector for jobs, solar companies could just be their next big destination. For every 10 jobs created in solar factories, there will be 15 jobs created downstream, in installation, financing, project development, and distribution.

Globally around 800,000 people are employed in the solar industry, with 300,000 people in Europe alone. Currently, the US solar industry employs about 150,000 people, and approximately 6,000 people are employed in the Indian solar industry. In India, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has estimated that there will be close to 100,000 jobs in PV by 2020. Industry sources suggest that if all job linkages are considered, PV jobs in India could far exceed this figure.

The rapidly developing solar/PV industry in India, motivated by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) as well as state government policies, is already experiencing a severe shortage of adequately trained and skilled technical manpower in achieving its early goals. Further phases of the JNNSM and the roll out of state government solar policies across the country will accentuate the need for trained technical personnel across all expertise segments from design, engineering and manufacturing to installation, operation and maintenance of solar PV systems.

Dr Pradeep Chandra Pant, Director (HRD and Innovative Projects), Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, said, "As part of the initiatives taken by the government, nearly 50,000-100,000 persons will be trained by 2015, which will enable us to cater to the needs of the Indian solar PV industry."

Debasish Paul Choudhury, President, SEMI India, said, "There has been a substantial increase in the demand for skilled and trained manpower for the solar sector."
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