Renewable energy consultants carry out energy surveys and audits and advise clients on sources of renewable energy. These include wind, solar, marine, wave, tidal, hydro and bioenergy. They also advise on sustainable solutions within the built environment and infrastructure sectors. They are sometimes called sustainability consultants.
You could be:
carrying out energy surveys, feasibility studies, greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories and carbon footprinting
analysing technical data and working out how much energy is or can be produced
giving energy efficiency advice to clients in the public and private sector
advising on UK green energy policies and carbon reduction
recommending renewable and sustainable materials and energy solutions
doing estimates and writing reports
completing environmental impact assessments for companies
logging data into specialist software for analysis
reviewing environmental documents and permits for clients.
The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:
where you work
the type of industry or business you work for
the size of company or organisation you work for
the demand for the job.
Starting salaries for renewable energy consultants can range from £20,000 to £25,000 a year. Salaries for experienced consultants can be from £30,000 to £60,000 a year or more. You might get extra income from a bonus or shares scheme.
You would work in an office but you may visit clients onsite.
You may have to travel to meetings in other parts of the country or abroad. Renewable energy is a global industry.