会后，德国太阳能产业协会（German Solar Industry Association）便和印度绿色就业技能委员会（Indian Skill Council for Green Jobs）在德里签署了一项联合协议。
To Fill the shortage of photovoltaic installation workers, Germany introduces Indian skilled workers
Germany continues to relax immigration laws and attract highly skilled foreign workers.
On February 25th, German Prime Minister Olaf Scholz visited India. A joint statement after the meeting showed that Germany and India hope to further strengthen trade relations between the EU and India, with a focus on strengthening cooperation in agriculture and green energy.
After the meeting, the German Solar Industry Association and the Indian Skill Council for Green Jobs signed a joint agreement in Delhi.
It is understood that Germany will need to add over 20GW of photovoltaic installed capacity each year in the future (about three times the 7.19GW in 2022) in order to achieve the country’s solar energy construction goal within ten years. However, there is currently a large shortage of skilled workers engaged in photovoltaic system installation in Germany and even Europe. The German Photovoltaic Industry Association stated that if we rely solely on local cultivation of relevant technicians, we will still not be able to make up for the shortage of installation demand in the short term.
Therefore, the joint agreement involves plans to introduce photovoltaic installation technicians from India. The Indian Ministry of Renewable Energy has stated that a training program will be launched in a timely manner, allowing young electricians to become ‘suryamitra’ (solar energy workers) after three months of training. If the German federal government and the German Solar Industry Association can make reasonable arrangements, these Indian technicians will also contribute to Germany’s photovoltaic expansion plan.
So far, based on India’s large population base, the number of “suryamitra” who have completed their first training course will exceed 51000. In response, German State Secretary Udo Philipp stated, “It is very important for our energy transformation to arrange well-trained experts for the solar energy industry in Germany.
In order to ensure that foreign skilled workers can arrive in Germany as early as summer, the German Solar Industry Association integrates technical experts, the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, the German Chamber of Commerce, the Federal Employment Agency, and the Indian Chamber of Commerce to actively cooperate and rely on new immigration laws to promote the rapid integration of foreign skilled workers into the German solar industry.