building a green future: renewables over real estate

In 2022, the number of jobs created in the renewable energy sector grew four times faster than the overall UK employment market.

Various factors are driving this growing trend, including government incentives, public demand for sustainable practices, and the long-term benefits of renewable energy. The UK government’s goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050 has fostered support for renewable energy investments. Policies are in place promoting green projects with substantial financial and regulatory investments. Additionally, various subsidies, grants, and tax reliefs for renewable energy projects make them financially more appealing and exciting to candidates than traditional housebuilding. There are even updated planning policies that favour renewable energy projects, often providing faster and more favourable planning permissions for developments that include renewable factors.

Several roles traditionally found in the housebuilding industry are transitioning to the renewables market, leveraging their expertise to support the growing demand for sustainable energy solutions. Here are some key roles that are moving over:

Land buyers: These professionals are tasked with finding and evaluating potential sites for renewable energy projects, negotiating with landowners, and obtaining necessary permits.

Project managers: These experts oversee the planning, execution, and completion of renewable energy projects, ensuring everything is delivered on time and within budget.

Engineers: Leveraging their technical skills, engineers are now designing and implementing renewable energy systems such as solar panels, wind turbines, and energy storage solutions.

Surveyors: Surveyors assess land and properties for suitability in renewable energy development, performing key land surveys and site assessments.

Urban planners: Urban planners develop plans and policies that integrate renewable energy projects into urban and rural areas, promoting sustainable development.

Sales and marketing specialists: Develop and implement strategies to promote renewable energy solutions.

It’s interesting to see more and more candidates from the housebuilding industry seeking new opportunities in the renewable energy market. The appeal is clear: the renewable sector is flourishing, offering plenty of opportunities with less competition compared to the housebuilding market. The renewable industry is not only environmentally forward-thinking but also financially promising. We’re currently recruiting for several land roles in the renewable market, check out our jobs page to find out more, or upload your CV here. Alternatively, if you have any questions, email us at