Renewables 2016 Global Status Report was released last month (June 2016) and highlights Latin America as being the world’s fastest-growing region for renewable energy in 2015. This is during a year when global investment in the sector reached record levels and added 147 gigawatts of capacity.
2016 has continued strongly for LATAM renewable energy, punctuated this month with the announcement that construction has begun for the largest solar project in Latin America; Italian Utility Enel has started construction of the 292MW Nova Olinda solar plant in Brazil through its subsidiary Enel Green Power Brasil Participações (EGPB).
The plant will cover an area of 690 hectares and will have the ability to generate more than 600 GWh per year — enough to meet the annual energy needs of some 300,000 Brazilian households while preventing the emission of roughly 350,000 tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere.
“The start of construction of Nova Olinda is another step forward for our Group in Brazil, confirming our leadership in the country’s solar market,” said Carlo Zorzoli, Enel’s Country Manager for Brazil.
According to the report, employment in the renewable energy sector (not including large-scale hydropower) increased in 2015 to an estimated 8.1 million jobs (direct and indirect). Solar PV and biofuels provided the largest numbers of renewable energy jobs, with large scale hydropower accounting for an additional 1.3 million jobs.
Considering all renewable energy technologies, the leading employers in 2015 were China, Brazil, the United States and India.
ALLEN & YORK have a dedicated LATAM team, who are focused on recruiting across the renewable energy sector in Latin America. We are currently working with companies in Mexico, Chile and Brazil and would love to hear from you if you are looking to work or recruit in the LATAM region.