The Brazilian solar photovoltaic sector will create somewhere between 60,000 and 90,000 new jobs by the year 2018, according to the Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy.
The current project pipeline in Brazil calls for 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of new solar photovoltaic (PV) project capacity to be installed in the country by 2018 — following the recent completion of various energy auctions.
The Brazilian Association of Photovoltaic Solar Energy (Absolar) estimates that, for every megawatt (MW) of new solar PV capacity installed, 20–30 new jobs (direct and indirect) can be created. Absolar notes that, if the assertions are accurate, then this could go some ways towards improving the current unemployment issues in the country. (At the end of 2015, national unemployment rates in the country were hovering around 6.8% — equivalent roughly to 1.7 million unemployed people.)
Notably, these figures only relate to commercial and utility-scale projects — not to the distributed solar PV market (direct generation), which has been growing rapidly as of late.
Absolar executive president Rodrigo Sauaia commented that the direct generation (DG) market will require large growth in the installation business sector, if growth is to continue at pace. Otherwise, a lack of skilled installers could lead to a bottleneck.
Sauaia continued: “We are evaluating the certification mechanisms that have been applied in other countries, trying to understand which of these initiatives have been successful and which ones can be used as a reference for Brazil to plan our own way.”
Image via Absolar
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