Renewable energy careers: 4 key trends and 1 piece of advice for getting plugged in

A man looks at rows of solar panels in Algeria. Photo by: Magharebia / CC BY

The benefits of decentralized, non-polluting and locally managed renewable energy systems that improve the quality of life in remote villages is downright sexy for anyone inside (or outside!) the development profession. I can vouch that these projects are exciting and immensely impactful, but also difficult and time-consuming.

Beyond interest in renewable energy from the major traditional NGOs and specialized renewable energy-focused organizations, there is a growing movement of D-I-Yers ranging from students to engineers, clean-energy professionals and renewable energy companies that want to get into the game. As someone who has worked at the nexus of clean energy and international development for eight years in the private and nonprofit sectors in the United States and overseas, I would like to share four key trends that I see in the field of renewable energy for international development and one key piece of advice to aide your job search in this innovative and growing sector:

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    Dexter Gauntlett

    As program officer at Green Empowerment, Dexter Gauntlett assists local partner NGOs in building fundraising, technical and administrative capacities. Over the past eight years, Dexter has worked on a range of sustainable development projects, including small-scale community-based projects in Latin America, Central and Southeast Asia; corporate clean-tech consulting projects for governments in the United States; and climate change adaptation research for large global NGOs.