Adapting to Change In A Shifting Renewable Energy Landscape

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In the renewable space, policy changes can be seismic shifts that reverberate across the industry. So how can candidates successfully navigate these policy changes and position themselves for success?

  • Be Proactive 

The first tip is obvious in that professionals should stay up-to-date with the latest policy changes and their implications for the industry. Attending relevant conferences, and participating in forums ensures you will be well-informed on the current market and for the future. A University of Western Australia study found that when employees are proactive in their work it drives innovation and drives performance. 

Taking advantage of associations like CALSSA and SEIA for information about regulatory changes or general statistics that will influence the market will help you predict potential problems—and opportunities.

  • Start Working Toward Policy Fluency

In a shifting policy environment, individuals must develop an extensive literacy of the policies that impact the renewable energy sector. This policy literacy will not only make you more knowledgeable but also a valuable asset in navigating regulatory complexities. Being able to change your strategic approach quickly based on the evolving regulatory landscape comes from staying informed.

Invest time in understanding the intricacies of current policies, and communicate this expertise in your professional narrative. Actively engaging with industry publications from sources like IRENA, REN21, and NREL and discussing them with other industry professionals who are experts in these policies can help you understand the difficult lingo or the fine print.

  • Diversify Your Skillset

Because of the nature of this industry, possessing a diverse skill set is imperative. Candidates should cultivate a range of skills that align with the multifaceted nature of the renewable energy sector. This allows you to navigate policy changes with a more comprehensive approach. Identify skills that complement your existing expertise and contribute to a more versatile skill set, enhancing your ability to lead in a changing policy environment. An IBM study found that around 1.4 billion people will need reskilling due to technological advancements like AI. 

Diversifying your skillset can lead to increased income potential, and increased confidence in your overall field. Identify areas that interest you and look at skills – either specific or broad, that you can work on. Seek out new challenges through networking to push yourself in new areas of work. Think about enrolling in a professional development program, or find certification programs that could open up new opportunities.  

  • Final Thoughts

  Diversifying your skill set, staying proactive toward policy changes, and developing policy fluency, are essential strategies for thriving instead of just surviving the solar coaster. If you would like more information about us or you’d like to ask us a question email us at Make sure to check out our other blogs on the website.