Energy is depleting. Since the industrial revolution and many inventions that have made our lives easier, the demand for the raw materials and natural resources have increased drastically. This has led to deforestation, destruction of ecosystems and depletion of many natural resources.
According to The World Counts, there are only about 36 years or so before the oil is over in the world. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has predicted that by 2025, about 1.8 billion people will not have access to fresh water to drink. According to the World Coal Association, there are an estimated 1.1 trillion tonnes of proven coal reserves worldwide, which is enough to last another 150 years or so. But with increasing demands, the time frame might reduce rapidly.
This state of natural resources has called for the use of maximum productivity, least wastage and use of more renewable energy. Solar energy is indirectly or directly responsible for all kinds of renewable energy. Currently, we use only about 3.5 percent of renewable energy from our total energy consumption. However, about 745 Terra joules of solar energy is striking annually on earth. There is a lot more potential to grow the use of this energy to create more renewable energy.
India is moving rapidly towards developing more and more renewable energy. And with the growing industry, it is important to have more people skilled at utilizing and handling equipment running on renewable energy efficiently. The Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana is doing its bit in training more youth with these skills. This has also encouraged corporate companies to invest in development of renewable energy equipment and training the people to run them.
For example, Schneider Electric India Foundation has announced the inauguration of a world class Solar Lab in Delhi, as a part of its robust ongoing skilling mission. The solar lab project will be part of New Delhi Municipal Council’s (NDMC) Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Kendra (PMKK) Smart City Center, and will be educating youth on various facets of renewable energy sector in India.
Mr. Venkat Garimella, Vice- President, CSR & Energy Efficiency, Schneider Electric, said, “Considering the growing climate concerns, renewable energy is becoming a key source of energy generation world-wide. Lack of trained resources with relevant knowledge to construct and operate solar plants is a challenge within India’s workforce.”
The center has a capacity of skilling 4000 youths annually. With the opening of this new center, Schneider Electric has ten functional Renewable Energy Training Centers across India. The organisation has successfully reached out to 85,000 unemployed youth so far.
Mr. Naresh Kumar, Chairman, NDMC said, “National Skill Mission is going to be a milestone for the developed India. This PMKK for skilling in smart cities would not only focus on high quality training but also on employ-ability of the youth.”
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