The number of people employed by large scale renewable energy projects has broken through the 10,000 job barrier for the first time, according to the Australian Renewable Energy Index.
According to the index, the number of construction “job years” created from projects currently under construction rose from 9,897 in July to to 11,941 in August.
The figures show that Queensland has outpaced NSW in renewable industry employment for the first time, with the state now providing 6500 jobs, including 1290 in rooftop solar installation.
Solar rooftop installation broke through the 100 MW barrier in August.
The index was created, for the first time, last month by Green Energy Markets, and found that renewables contributed 19.5 percent of national power generation in August, up from 17.2 percent in 2016-7 and only 7 percent a decade ago.