Jobs for Locals
Solar farms on a large scale provide job opportunities for people in nearby communities, which is a highly beneficial outcome. In fact, the development and installation of solar panels, along with their maintenance and repair, are often labour-intensive processes that require the hard work of a skilled workforce.
It has been estimated that two Waikato solar farm projects would create up to 280 jobs.
In the initial stages of a solar power project, workers are needed to assess the location, plan the installation, this may include contracting local planners, environmental consultants and geotechnical engineers.
During the installation stage a variety of labour and technical workers are required including local electricians and construction workers. Who all must be trained and skilled in the specialised tasks necessary to build the solar farm.
Once a solar power project is operational, the ongoing maintenance and repair of solar panels provide additional opportunities for local employment.