Employment in distributed renewable energy sector


A new report by Power For All expects the distributed renewable energy (DRE) sector in India to employ close to 89,000 workers in 2023.

The report indicated that the Indian DRE sector employed more than 80,000 workers in 2021, after a slump in 2020 owing to the Covid pandemic. In 2021, solar home systems (52.1%) and Commercial & industrial (47.3%) sectors accounted for almost an equivalent proportion of the DRE sector employment.

Employment in the DRE sector is dominated by large companies that, on average, employ more than 100 workers.

The report expects the C&I segment to be the major driver of DRE job growth in the next few years as the demand for C&I technologies such as rooftop solar has been increasing while the total annual sales of SHS have been declining in India since 2019.

As per figures for 2021, informal workers in DRE account for only 23% of the sector’s total employment in India. Also, 71% of the DRE workforce is highly skilled. Female representation in highly-skilled DRE jobs remains low due to cultural and social norms, which prevent many women from entering and remaining in the DRE sector. The percentage of women in the DRE workforce stands at 21%. 

The study authors conducted direct surveys of over 350 DRE companies to consolidate employment data for the period spanning 2019 to 2021 and present employment and sales projections for 2022 and 2023. 


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