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

SEMI India, the Indian arm of the global industry organization, SEMI, today launched a solar PV workforce development initiative, with a three day short-term course on “Off-grid Solar PV Components and Systems” at the India Habitat Center in New Delhi. ‘Skill Development’ was identified as apriority action area by SEMI India’s PV Advisory Committee, comprising key executives from India’s solar PV industry.  This short-term course will be the first in a series of courses that SEMI will organize in 2012 in technical collaboration with the National Centre for Photovoltaic Research andEducation, IIT Bombay (NCPRE) and offer in different centers across the country.

SEMI India’s workforce development initiative aims to address the needs of SEMI member companies and of the wider solar PV industry in India by offering high quality training programmes delivered by leading academic and industry experts and expanding awareness about state of the art solar/PV technologies, applications and practices among engineers and technical personnel.

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 down stream, in installation, financing, project development, and distribution.So, to fulfill our target of 20,000 MW of installed solar power capacity under the National Solar Mission (NSM), the Indian solarsector would need an estimated 3 lakh people by 2022 across all domains,profiles and levels. If we consider the potential employment generation by state solar policies, the cumulative figure would be much higher.

Globally around 800,000 people are employed in the solar industry, with 300,000 people in Europe alone. Currently, U.S. 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 to100,000 jobs in PV by 2020. Industry sources suggest that if all job linkages are considered, PV jobs in India could far exceed this figure.

Debasish Paul Choudhury, President,SEMI India, commented: “It is a great privilege for us to collaborate again with the prestigious National Centre for Photovoltaic Research and Education (NCPRE), established at IIT Bombay under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission of the Government of India, after the successful completion of our training programme in Jaipur. India is one of the prime markets in the global solar industry, boosted by the Central and State government incentives, as well as the global demand. There has been substantial increase in the demand for skilled and trained manpower for the solar sector.

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