Bangladesh has been ranked fifth among 161 countries in creating employment opportunities in the solar power sector.
Around 1,37,000 people in the country have got employment opportunity so far in the sector.
International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) revealed the information in its report, titled ‘Renewable Energy and Jobs: Annual Review’, that was released on Tuesday.
According to the report, China has retained the top spot as the leading producer of solar photovoltaic (PV) equipment and the world’s largest installation market. China is accounted for more than half of PV employment worldwide.
Japan, United States of America and India secured second, third and fourth position respectively. Bangladesh is followed by Vietnam, Brazil, Malaysia, Germany and Philippines in the report.
IRENA estimates Bangladesh has created at least 1,37,400 jobs at around 5.8 million decentralised solar home systems that represent about 80 per cent of total installed solar capacity.
However, in recent years, grid-connected solar generation installations surpassed those of off-grid solar home systems, some 25 and 18.3 MW in 2019, respectively, the IRENA said citing data of Bangladesh’s Sustainable and Renewable Energy Development Authority (SREDA).
The report says although most Bangladeshi solar jobs are in sales, installation and maintenance, some 10 000 people are also employed in module assembly.
“Renewables accounted for an estimated 11.5 million jobs worldwide in 2019, up from 11 million the previous year,” according to this seventh edition of the Renewable Energy and Jobs series.
“Solar PV accounted for 33 per cent of the world’s renewable energy workforce in 2019. Asia accounted for 63 per cent of total jobs in renewables,” it added.