Good news for energy workers: Project to solve orphan oil well problem with solar energy gets green light.
Project represents an opportunity for training and employment in renewable energy for oil and gas workers hit hard by the downturn in the fossil fuel industry
Oil and gas workers are welcoming the announcement...
Iron & Earth, a worker-led not-for-profit empowering fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to build and implement climate solutions, is a partner in the project developed by Keith Hirsche, a leading innovator in the oil and gas industry. Iron & Earth sees the initiative as an opportunity for its members in the region to get training in renewable energy while using skills earned in the oil and gas industry.
“Many fossil fuel workers are ready to help build a net-zero emissions economy and we have the skills to do the work,” says Lliam Hildebrand, Executive Director of Iron & Earth. “This project is a perfect example of our workforce building that new economy.”
As a part of the project, Iron & Earth is partnering with Medicine Hat College to develop a 5-day rapid upskilling program for fossil fuel industry and Indigenous workers to learn the basics of solar before working on transforming the well sites themselves.
Hildebrand notes that “as Canada stimulates its economy following the pandemic, it is critical to invest in projects that will have wide-reaching and long term economic and social benefits. RenuWell is exactly the type of shovel ready project.” Hildebrand says the hope is that the RenuWell model can soon scale up to repurpose more of the hundreds of thousands of wells across Canada.