Singapore’s clean energy sector is poised for significant workforce expansion as the nation’s energy transition gains momentum. According to the Energy Market Authority’s Energy Sector Manpower Survey (ESMS) 2022, the clean energy workforce is projected to grow by 80% by 2032, reaching approximately 2,700 workers. Additionally, the power sector is expected to add 800 workers during the same period. Key areas of growth include electricity transmission and distribution solutions, low-carbon alternatives, solar energy, and smart grids.
The ESMS findings revealed that Singapore residents currently make up 83% of the clean energy workforce, with engineers comprising the majority of the technical workforce. This anticipated workforce growth bodes well for job opportunities for Singapore residents.
The industry is also expected to witness an expansion in digital and Industry 4.0 job functions, such as data analytics and Operational Technology cybersecurity. These areas will require skills in data management, data engineering, and security solutions implementation, underscoring the need to equip the workforce for the evolving clean energy landscape and digitalized future.
To further advance Singapore’s energy transition, the Energy Market Authority (EMA) is intensifying research and development (R&D) efforts in clean energy solutions. The recently launched 2nd Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Grant Call, in collaboration with industry stakeholders, researchers, and policymakers, focuses on integrating energy storage technologies into Singapore’s power grid. Energy storage systems play a vital role in enhancing grid reliability and facilitating the integration of renewable energy sources.
EMA, in partnership with Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG), has awarded grants to three local energy startups—Power Facade, Ampotech, and EtaVolt. These collaborations, supported under EnterpriseSG’s Open Innovation initiative, aim to develop commercially viable solutions that accelerate the adoption of Building Applied Photovoltaics, optimize air-conditioning technologies, and maximize solar photovoltaic performance while ensuring efficient recycling of solar panels. These initiatives will drive clean energy adoption, enhance energy efficiency, and promote circularity in the sector.
EMA remains committed to fostering innovation, digital transformation, and R&D to develop a future-ready clean energy sector that supports Singapore’s energy transition, creates opportunities for local enterprises, and generates quality jobs for Singaporeans.