Renewable Energy: A Future-Proof Market

You can’t overstate the importance of energy in our daily lives. As in, electricity. Power. It affects almost everything we do. 

Getting up in the morning and flicking on the lights. Consulting the contents of the fridge and finding them not warm and mouldy. Charging your phone. Plugging yourself into a computer at work. Switching on the TV at the end of the day.

We live in an age where we’ve got greater access to information than ever before. And we’re using it to understand, and hopefully improve, the world around us.

More than 12 million smart meters have been installed in homes across the UK. So you can see in real time how much you’re consuming by keeping all your lights and various electronic devices switched on at all times. Great!

Your phone will even tell you how much battery power you go through keeping LinkedIn open on your mobile. Especially when it’s already open in about 6 tabs on your desktop browser. Thanks, phone!

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Renewables

As we become more conscious of the power we use to energise our daily lives, so too are we becoming more concerned about the sources of that energy.

The causes and effects of climate change are well documented. And there are a number of national and international initiatives designed to make the planet as healthy as possible while we still have it.

Taking advantage of naturally occurring resources that are virtually infinite – as long as we don’t block out the sun or burn a hole in our atmosphere so large all the wind gets out – is the agenda of the day.

And there are some incredible innovations occurring in this space. Which calls for the emergence of recruitment markets dedicated to renewable energy.

Renewables aren’t just a ‘nice to have’ anymore. Nor are they something you do simply to adhere to green initiatives. It’s a direction that needs to be taken by businesses collectively. And a relatively novel reason is that it’s making more and more financial sense to do so.

The cost of solar power’s decreasing. It’s now half the price of coal.

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Where We’re At

I spoke to Jack Rawcliffe, Managing Director at JD Ross Energy, to get the low down on the renewable energy market.

Jack’s written articles about how an “accelerated reduction in costs associated with wind and solar energy, along with advancements in energy technology, means that over half of fossil fuel energy sources could be replaced in the next twenty years”.

Which means the market’s due a change – fundamentally and rapidly.

As it stands, the Brits and the French are committed to eradicating all conventional fossil fuels by 2040. Paris have said they’ll go one better and ban all fossil fuel vehicles by 2030.

When you think of electric vehicles, Tesla’s probably one of the first names that come to mind. But with the Chevy Volt, Mitsubishi Outlander, Nissan Leaf, the Prius plug-in and the Vauxhall Ampera also in the market – and an increasing number of consumers opting for greener modes of transportation – you can expect to see the number of electric vehicles on the streets increase significantly. And soon.

China’s investing over $500 billion into renewable energy over the next few years. Creating over 12 million jobs in the process. With the aim of generating a fifth of their energy from renewables by 2030.

According to Jack, changes of this proportion would have “a significant impact on the environment through a huge reduction in carbon emissions. The increasing dependence on wind and solar would also mean huge financial savings to the overall industry”.

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What’s Next

Startups are a disruptive presence. They’re by definition more agile than industry heavyweights when it comes to providing sustainable renewable solutions. Mainly because technology plays such an influential role in innovating the sector.

The big names in energy are also beginning to pivot towards renewable sources if they haven’t already. Welcoming renewables into their repertoire or replacing conventional energy sources outright in some cases.

They’re also partnering or investing in new companies and tech. This means new players in a historically very lucrative industry are able to scale extremely quickly if the product or solution they’re offering is effective.

Things like using blockchain technology that allows individual households to not only generate and store their own energy, but also to buy and sell it from one another as well.

Or companies that have developed methods of storing hydrogen to burn later, releasing gas on demand. Or wind-powered systems that utilise kites.

Recruiting into the renewable energy market means making a genuine difference in the way the world’s going to look over the next few years. Particularly as we move towards a more sustainable future.

The candidates JD Ross work with in the renewable energy market are at the forefront of that change. 

From traditional roles in construction, commercial, engineering, Contracts and Investment Managers to newer roles in emerging markets like DevOps, Cyber Security, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

You might be recruiting for a household name, supplying teams that lay and maintain the cables to make sure power gets where it needs to. You might be introducing a virtuoso coder to a nifty startup who are creating a first of its kind digital platform that revolutionises the way energy’s bought, sold or used.

What this means is that Consultants from a range of recruitment backgrounds will have their chance to shine in the renewable energy market.

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What Can You Do?

Obviously solar panels generate energy when the sun’s out. And turbines when it’s windy. When it isn’t, you need to store your energy. And it’s the issue of storage that’s set to cause some of the most change across the market.

It’s an extremely complex and challenging problem. It’s also one of the last puzzle pieces to a greener future.

You don’t have to be up to the task of changing the world yourself. But you do have to be able to spot gaps in the market, leverage up to the minute knowledge to make compelling business cases and – crucially – find the right people for the job.

And it doesn’t hurt if you’re motivated by not just staffing an industry that’s responsible for powering the planet. But doing so in a way that guarantees a sustainable future, as well as an efficient, functioning society.

Ready to plant a big green flag in historically one of the most lucrative recruitment markets going?

Want to have a guiding influence on the shape of an industry that will affect every human being on the planet in one way or another?

Feel like finding out more?

Check out JD Ross on Hunted. At the time of writing, they have vacancies for Senior Consultants in New York, Amsterdam and London.

JD Ross won Best Newcomer in the Global Recruitment Awards. As part of Opus Talent Solutions, they benefit from the infrastructure and backing of a big name. At the same time, having the freedom in their market to remain autonomous and flexible.

There are big deals to go after in the renewable energy market. The relationship JD Ross have with their clients means they’re able to take over branding and TA strategies, train internal teams and staff entire transformative projects when they need to.

A huge thank you to Jack for his time and insight in putting this article together.