2012-01-26 20:13:00 |
SOLARPLAZA - Apart from curbing South Africa’s gigantic carbon footprint and being a reliable and cost-effective source of power, solar energy will create thousands and thousands of much-needed jobs if the government plays its cards right.
“The South African government plans to eventually install 1450 Megawatt (MW) of solar PV through the initial RE IPP program before 2014. According to international research, every MW of solar generates 30 full-time equivalent (FTE) jobs of which less than 10 for production. The installation phase of plants alone would lead to at least 29.000 jobs (FTE),” says Edwin Koot, CEO of SolarPlaza.
“The maintenance phase of solar plants creates another 1.450 employment opportunities. These downstream jobs are mainly local.”
SolarPlaza is an international platform for solar industry stakeholders, and renown for its solar conferences. The organisation’s first gathering of 2012 will be held in Johannesburg on January 25.
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