The German Solar Industry Association and the Indian Skill Council for Green Jobs signed an agreement in Delhi over the weekend, marking the visit of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to India.
If Germany is to meet its solar energy targets set for the second half of this decade, the country will need to install three times that amount annually in 2022, when 7.19 GW of solar power was connected to the grid. However, there is currently a shortage of skilled workers to implement solar power systems in the country, as in other parts of Europe. According to the German solar industry association BSW-Solar, Germany alone cannot compensate for the shortfall. Workers should therefore be hired from India.
Under a training program launched by India’s Ministry of Renewable Energy, young electricians can be trained as “suryamitras” (solar workers) within three months. So far, 51,000 “suryamitras” have completed the training course. And if the German Federal Government and BSW-Solar succeed, these Indian experts will also participate in the plans to expand solar power in Germany.
“Investing well-trained solar experts in Germany is important for our energy transition,” said German State Secretary Udo Philipp.
BSW-Solar works with the “Hand-in-Hand for International Talent” project to integrate experts with funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, the German Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the Federal Employment Agency and India. German Chamber of Commerce. BSW-Solar expects the new immigration law for skilled workers to arrive in Germany in the summer. Its aim is to further promote the integration of foreign skilled workers into the German solar industry.
Business representatives say the German federal government has ignored the country’s skilled labor shortage for years. In January, at the “Handelsblatt Energie-Gipfel 2023” event, companies presented their own initiatives to recruit employees. However, politicians now recognize the seriousness of the situation. This can be seen in the working group established by the office to solve the skilled labor shortage.