South Australia is a global leader in the transition towards clean energy. In 15 years, the State’s electricity mix has gone from less than 1 percent renewables to 57 percent renewable energy.
The industry employs those working on an ever-growing list of projects transforming the State’s energy use to net 100% renewable generation by 2030.
South Australia is home to the world's first big battery– the Hornsdale Power Reserve, the largest per capita roll-out of home battery systems, 22 wind farms, three utility scale solar farms and an emerging hydrogen sector.
Right now, there is $20 billion of investment in the development pipeline, including 25 solar farms, 12 wind farms, 7 hybrid projects (combining wind and solar) and 10 battery storage projects. Together, these projects would generate another 15 gigawatts of electricity, which would produce enough power to supply a city of nearly 4 million.
By 2050, South Australia could be generating more than 500 percent of the State’s energy needs – becoming a renewable energy powerhouse and exporter!
There is forecast demand for people with skills in engineering to trades, and project management, to health and safety. Many other specialist roles will also relate to equipment, technology and services to energy projects and infrastructure.