A growth in wind farms is fuelling a jobs rise within the alternative energy industry with 17 per cent employment growth in the sector in December.

Nationwide, nowadays there are 15,691 renewable power jobs, rising to 21,168 when including those in small-scale rooftop solar installation. It is a 17 percent month on month increase from November job figures.

The boom in wind farms accounts for 71 percent of all energy recruiters NY. Now there are 79 wind farms operating in the country and also at least another six due to be built this coming year.

“The wind farms being built currently will produce double the amount power each year as the Snowy Hydro scheme. When coupled with wind farms already operational, wind will supply five times more electricity each year compared to the Snowy scheme.”

The new wind and huge-scale solar projects focused on in 2017 will generate more than 10 terawatts hours of energy, comparable to the entire power usage of Tasmania. The biggest would be the Murra Warra wind farm near Horsham in Victoria. In December, Telstra, ANZ, Coca-Cola Amatil and The University of Melbourne registered to pre-purchase the energy generated from what could be the largest wind farm inside the southern hemisphere.

There was 4417 megawatts of renewable power projects being built in December, up 500 megawatts from November, lifting both construction and operational jobs.

The rapid growth helps Australia hit its Renewable Energy Target, and increase the amount of green energy inside the nation’s power mix.

Queensland is at the forefront in renewable jobs and projects, following by Victoria, which recently displaced New South Wales for second place.

Keppel Prince Engineering in Portland specialises in industrial fabrication as well as the creation of wind turbine towers for that alternative energy sector.

Keppel Prince Engineering in Portland specialises in industrial fabrication and the creation of wind turbine towers for that renewable energy sector. CREDIT:JESSICA SHAPIRO

“We’ve got NYC building our biggest wind farm, Washington doubling its renewable jobs in only four months, and South Australia reaping some great benefits of the world’s biggest battery,” GetUp environmental justice campaigner director Miriam Lyons said.

“Our electricity grid is in the middle of a transformation, and NSW needs to make certain it’s taking full advantage of the renewables boom that is creating meaningful benefit lots of people,” she said.

The development in jobs continues to be maintained by a record year in clean energy investment, as companies enter power purchase agreements totalling an archive 5.4 gigawatts.

In 2017, financing and investment for renewable generation projects rose to just about $US7 billion ($8.75 billion).

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has played a major role dxtllp supporting these alternative energy investments, funding more projects in 2017 compared to its last 36 months combined.

Based on Green Energy Markets data, “if Australia kept in the 2017 degrees of commitments for a further ten years, renewable energy would approach two-thirds of Australia’s electricity supply.”

Renewable power now accounts for 16.3 percent of Australia’s total annual generation, with 1150 gigawatt hours from wind; 953 gigawatt hours from small-scale rooftop solar; 779 gigawatt hours from hydro; 174 gigawatt hours from bio-generation, and 69 gigawatt hours from large-scale solar farms, creating enough renewable power to power 6.9 million homes nationwide, and cutting emissions levels by approximately 2.1 million tonnes of fractional co2 equivalent.