Solar panels generate 5 times as many jobs per megawatt as coal or gas

In 2014, more than 12,000 Australians worked in rooftop solar installation, larger by far than the coal-fired power station workforce. This should not surprise us.

Solar PV generates five times as any jobs in operation and maintenance per megawatt as coal or gas.

Solar thermal has four times the number of jobs per megawatt, and wind twice the number.


Solar Panels in Mount Gambier. Photo courtesy of Gambier Electronics.

Rutovitz, J. et al (2015) ‘Calculating global energy sector jobs: 2015 methodology update’, prepared for Greenpeace International, by the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney.

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