Ireland’s first ever Wind Energy Trade Show is hoping to inspire young people to work in renewable energy.
Over a thousand delegates are expected to descend on the Sports Ireland campus in Dublin today and the industry is confident about its prospects.
Wind Energy Ireland will launch a new platform, workinwind.ie, and CEO Noel Cunliffe said all types of skills are needed.
“We hope that over the next 10 years, we’re going to need thousands of new people coming into our sector,” he said.
“We’re going to need engineers, technicians, planners, ecologists, pilots, sailors, builders, designers, accountants and lawyers.
“So, whatever your profession is, we believe that there’s a future there for you in the industry.”
In 2020, wind generated 36% of Ireland’s energy demand and is the largest source of energy after gas.
The Government has set a target of 80% of Ireland’s energy being generated from renewable sources by the end of the decade and aims to hit net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Wing Energy Ireland said the industry receives “strong support” from the Department of Enterprise and described its upcoming industrial strategy for wind as an significant “opportunity” for the Irish economy.
Main image: Engineers climbing wind turbine at offshore wind farm. Picture by: Alamy.com