The renewable energy industry will create job opportunities for the post-pandemic unemployed Caribbean people

A realistic focus on renewable energy could help spearhead the transition to green jobs. Industry stakeholders think that this concept is possible even as Cayman works to restart the economy after the coronavirus pandemic. The general National Energy Plan articulates the country’s strategy of obtaining 70% of electricity from renewable energy before 2037. 

Clean energy proponents are confident that coronavirus pandemic can motivate the prioritization of this plan. Until now, people only think about renewable energy as a method to minimize greenhouse gas emissions, keep power costs down, and enhance households’ lighting even when the sun goes down. 

With numerous people unemployed and the tourism industry plummeting, the attention is switching to renewables as the source of job opportunities. For instance, North America is hypersonic in their creation of jobs in the green economy. 

Cayman Renewable Energy Association‘s chief executive, James Whittaker, states that renewables have the upper hand in delivering plausible employment opportunities for all the people despite their academic background. Whittaker explains that one can enter the industry and be paid per their level of education. 

Cayman hopes that it can attract a variety of labor to meet the needs of the company. Stakeholders agree that the Cayman transition to renewable energy is vital for both the economy and the ecology. 

The chief executive of OfReg, Malike Cummings, retorts that the coronavirus pandemic has altered the dynamic landscape of the economy. He anticipates that the renewables industry can develop job opportunities all over the Caribbean for the next five years. The Cayman Islands will have more jobs and develop economically, even as the nation prepares to implement the National Energy Policy. 

Whittaker says that the employment may not last long since the primary source of employment is installing solar panels on rooftops. Only a few engineers will benefit from this employment since they are the ones who will be looking out for the operations of the solar systems while in the solar control farms. 

Kristin Augustine, the government energy policy coordinator, says that the coronavirus outbreak has shifted attention to renewables. There’s hope that jobs will be created for the Caribbean region residents in the coming years in this industry. Augustine articulates that the expansion of the CUC’s Consumer Owned Renewable Energy initiative will devise opportunities for a minimum of eight firms. 

Finally, Whittaker reveals that the key objectives of Cayman are to turn out as a center for renewable energy, a vision which he identified while working in the firm’s technology and infrastructure network. One of the probable employment-creation partnerships is the contract between the University College of the Cayman Islands and the Inspire Cayman trade school. The challenge for this industry remains to be the stiff government regulations that impede growth and expansion.