Skills gap holding back global decentralised renewable energy sector

“The distributed renewable energy (DRE) sector, necessary in a world with millions of people without power, is being held back by a chronic shortage of skilled workers. Indeed, Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) has just 16,000 people working in renewable energy in a region with 600 million un-electrified people, according to the founders of a new campaign aiming to fill this skills gap.
While demand is growing for home solar kits, mini-grids and energy-efficient appliances across rural Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America, the campaign coordinator, Power for All, has said that there is also a growing shortage of job-ready talent. The dearth of skilled workers exists all across the DRE value chain, including manufacturing and assembly, sales, marketing and financing, and installation and services. It’s an especially big problem in remote, rural areas where lack of energy access gaps and joblessness are most severe.”

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