Renewable energy projects create more jobs during installation and operation than conventional plants.
Over 1.2 million jobs have already been created in Europe by the renewable energy industry and this is just the beginning...
Source: European Energy & Climate Commissioner, Miguel Arias Cañete, 24 October 2016
Hull, UK: How a town in decline re-energised itself
Like many seaports, Hull has a proud history. Shifts in the global economy however led to deindustrialisation and rising unemployment. This changed a decade later.
In March 2014, Siemens and Associated British Ports announced that they would jointly invest £310m into two wind turbine production facilities in the region. The Green Port Hull takes advantage of the offshore wind opportunities in the North Sea and established a world-class centre for emerging renewable industries.
The Green Port Growth Programme supported over 300 local companies, 400 employees and 600 apprentices in getting a skilled job with energy, manufacturing and engineering firms. The number of green jobs in the region climbed to 1,000, turning one of the UK’s poorest towns into a bustling hive of commercial activity.
The operation of the Hull plant begins next week and recruitment is ongoing.
Guadix, Spain: Creating jobs with thermal power
Solar thermal power plants provide considerable numbers of skilled jobs during both their construction and operational phases.
The Andasol 1 and 2 power plants, a 100 MW solar thermal power station located in Andalusia in Spain, created about 500 jobs per plant during the construction stage. Today, it employs 50 full-time staff, and will continue to do so throughout the entire project lifetime.
With the right policy support, Europe’s STE (solar thermal electricity) sector can generate 160,000 jobs in Europe in engineering, manufacturing and construction, plus further indirect employment.
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