German solar association says 50,000 jobs are possible by 2030


Expansion of photovoltaic and storage technology could triple the number of jobs in those industries. That’s according to the country’s solar energy association BSW-Solar, based on research conducted by EuPD Research in cooperation with The smarter E Europe.

The project was further supported by BayWa r.e., E3/DC, Fronius, Goldbeck Solar, IBC Solar, Panasonic, SHARP, SIEMENS, sonnen, SUNTECH, TESVOLT and VARTA.

Rapid removal of PV market barriers in the EEG, as well as the releasing of brakes on expansion, are necessary to close the climate protection gap and avoid shortfalls in power generation as a result of nuclear and coal phaseout.

In order to avoid a shortfall in electricity generation as a result of the nuclear and coal phaseout, photovoltaic and storage capacities must be expanded at a far greater pace. According to the study, by 2030, this would enable the creation of over 50,000 new jobs in Germany.

Furthermore, the number of jobs in the domestic photovoltaic and storage industries could increase from today’s level of 26,400 to 78,000 by the year 2030. Industry revenue would grow from €5 billion to €12.5 billion in the coming decade.

Job growth would take place for the most part in the fields of planning, installation, operations and maintenance of PV systems. In the area of maintenance alone, employment numbers would increase from 9,200 to 26,000 in the year 2030. Addition potential could be opened up by tapping into the market potential of medium- to long-term storage systems.

The German Solar Association (BSW-Solar) calls upon the German government to now move quickly to eliminate existing barriers to investment, and to correct the expansion targets for solar technology that are defined in its climate protection program.

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The Federal Government must finally act on the promise it has repeatedly made in recent weeks and scrap the 52-gigawatt cap in the Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG).

Unless this happens, there is a real risk that a market slump will occur in the solar industry after 2020, and that this, coming on the heels of the downturn in the wind power sector, will counteract climate protection efforts and jeopardize thousands of jobs in Germany.

BSW Managing Director Carsten Körnig warns: “Time is running out, and further delays are irresponsible! The 52-gigawatt mark will already be reached within a few months.”

In order to avoid a power generation shortfall as a result of the closing of conventional power plants and rising electricity consumption, the study outlines a necessary growth trajectory of 10 gigawatts of annual photovoltaic installation. This PV expansion must be accompanied by a significant increase in storage capacity.

There are significant employment effects associated with a forecasted cumulative photovoltaic capacity of 162 GW and a capacity of 15 gigawatt hours of residential, commercial and grid storage systems in the year 2030.

According to market research analyses, in the year 2040 the solarisation of the energy supply system will allow the electricity price to drop to under 29 cents per kilowatt-hour.