Job creation and skill development in the solar industry are key priorities in order to meet India’s ambitious renewable energy targets, climate commitments and economic targets. Meeting India’s renewable energy target of 175 gigawatts (GW) by 2022 has the potential to create 1 million full time equivalent (FTE) jobs.
Currently, there are five Government supported solar skill development programs in Tamil Nadu; Suryamitra, Varunmitra, Rooftop Solar Grid Engineer, Solar PV Installer- Electrical & Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Entrepreneur. Suryamitra program has the highest training capacity with 3,152 participants that graduated from it over the past 5 years. While this is a commendable achievement, a survey conducted identified a number of gaps that will need to be addressed in order to (i) ensure better employability of the graduates from these programs, (ii) supply the solar industry with a skilled workforce and (iii) meet the Tamil Nadu’s solar energy targets.