Host communities are starting to realize the social and economic benefits they can get through new tax revenues, including fixed income for landowners and farmers from agreements.
Wind energy creates new jobs. There’s plenty of employment opportunities for contractors and trades-people. Also, once the farm becomes operational, more permanent jobs will open.
Moreover, wind energy initiatives carry direct investments through contracts for dollar infusion and raw materials to retail businesses and local services.
Wind Energy and Employment
According to a report by Clean Energy Canada in 2019, the clean energy division gave jobs to 298,000 Canadians in 2017. The good news is, that number continues to grow by 4.8% since 2017. That speed is more than the economy of Canada as a country (3.6%). The supply of renewable energy is a big industry that provides about 40% of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) contribution.
Moreover, wind energy continues to provide better employment for graduates from Northern Lights College (BC), Groupe Collegia (Quebec), Lethbridge College (Alberta), St. Claire College (Ontario), St. Lawrence College (Ontario), and Fanshawe College (Ontario).
For every job made in the energy sector, there are also jobs created in areas such as transportation, construction, and aggregate provision. Moreover, the materials used in wind farms come from the locals. That’s why different regions also experience the benefits.
According to the Compass Renewable Energy Consulting study in 2015, The wind energy sector in Ontario from 2006 to 2030 will generate employment of over 64,000 people, $4 billion personal earnings, and $6.2 billion provincial GDP.
Furthermore, Blue Green Canada reported that if the government used the $1.3 billion for renewable energy instead of supporting the oil industry, it would have created about 20,000 jobs.