28 March 2017 2017 11:00 AM GMT

Can Women Solve The Skills Gap Problem In A Rapidly Growing Clean Energy Sector?

Women can and should, address the skills gap problem in the rapidly growing clean energy sector – globally. That is the bold declaration from Dr. Nina Skorupska CBE, Chief Executive of the Renewable Energy Association (REA); who addressed a significant consequence of the pace of the global energy transition upon the release of Global Energy Talent Index (GETI), the world’s largest global energy sector skills, recruitment, and employment trends report, released by Energyjobline and Airswift.

It states that renewable energy is a rapidly growing field globally, offering huge opportunities. Yet, the report also indicates a potential problem that significantly more skilled workers are needed to match growth in the renewable energy sector. The report offers an insight into an industry that is already rising to the challenge, as despite the skills gap, more women can be found in senior positions compared to in other industries.

Commenting on the release of the GETI Report this week, Dr Skorupska said: “This report is a welcome statement that there is a bright future for young people working in renewable energy and smart technologies globally. UK students and existing energy professionals should consider a career in this rapidly growing field that will be critical in mitigating climate change and creating a sustainable world in the coming decades.

The REA Chief calls on women and young people in the UK to take courses and train in renewables and sustainability in order to help build the low-carbon energy system that’s needed. “The data shows that there are more women in senior positions in renewables than in other energy sectors, but 13 percent isn’t enough! This is a dynamic, exciting, and rapidly shifting industry and I encourage women and men of all backgrounds to become involved.” The GETI survey can be found here.

Dr Skorupska was the first women to run a power station for RWE in the UK. She has held senior positions in global energy companies in the past, including for Essent NV. She was awarded a CBE in 2016 for her service in renewables and for encouraging women to work in the sciences and in engineering. Dr Skorupska is also a Board member of the WISE campaign.

The Renewable Energy Association represents renewable energy producers and promotes the use of all forms of renewable energy in the UK across power, heat, transport and recycling. It is the largest renewable energy and clean technology trade association in the UK, with approximately 700 members, ranging from major multinationals to sole traders.

October 16th 2017
Nordex Adds To Successes In Argentina, Winning 100 MW Pomona Wind Farm Order

The Nordex Group has added a further chapter to its success story in Argentina with an order for 26 N131/3900 turbines for the “Pomona” wind farm. The contract will be executed on a full EPC basis, including civil and electrical engineering, procurement, construction and manufacturing, delivery and installation of the wind turbines. Preparations for construction will be commencing in 2017, after which the wind power systems will be installed at the beginning of 2019. In addition, a ten-year full operation and maintenance contract has also been signed. 

October 10th 2017
Enel Starts Construction Of Australia’s Largest Solar PV Project

The Bungala Solar One facility is part of the Bungala Solar PV Project and will have an installed capacity of 137.7 MW out of a total of more than 275 MW for the whole project, that will be able to produce 570 GWh per year. The facility will cover an area of approximately 300 hectares and will consist of about 420,000 polycrystalline PV modules mounted on single-axis tracker structures which will follow the Sun’s path from east to west; increasing the amount of energy produced by the plant, compared to PV modules with fixed structures. The overall Bungala Solar PV project is expected to become fully operational in early 2019.

October 16th 2017
Uganda Inaugurates Breakthrough Tororo PV Plant. A Future Model For Africa?

Production has commenced at the Tororo PV power plant; which, with 16 GWh of renewable energy generated annually, will cater for the energy requirements of 35,838 people and help reduce CO2 emissions by 7,200 tons. Overall, $19.6 million was invested to build the 10 MWp plant, with the engagement of several major organisations including KfW and FMO Development Banks, the World Bank and the EU. Attilio Pacifici, EU Ambassador said, “One of the key objectives of this plan is to encourage private sector participation in higher risk investments and we’re happy to demonstrate that Uganda is well positioned to be successful and a good model for replication.”


 

   

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