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Cost Reduction Necessary to Promote Solar Energy

Bangalore – Stressing on the need to reduce cost to promote solar power, Mr. B. K. Chaturvedi, Member of Energy Planning Commission said that cost reduction should be supported by necessary guidelines so that expansion of solar program can be accelerated and sustainable development of manufacturing capacity can take place.
Speaking at the Interactive Session on ‘Implementing Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission’ organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in association with Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Ministry of Power, Chaturvedi stressed on the adoption of adequate advanced technology to alter the energy mix in India.
Chaturvedi made the statements during his inaugural address on 1 April 2010 in New Delhi during the launch of the first phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).
Emphasizing the importance of solar energy, Deepak Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, in his keynote address, highlighted the importance of mobilizing finance, need for technical knowledge and long term project planning.
Echoing Chaturvedi’s words, Gupta said that cost reduction through quantity deployment of technology, along with development of a domestic manufacturing base, and aggressive R&D efforts were necessary to achieve parity for solar energy.
In order to support JNNSM, MRNE has built up international linkages and established centers of excellence.
Gupta said that MRNE would work in close collaboration with the states to prevent any impediments to the implementation of JNNSM, adding that stakeholders would be answerable for their performance.
Gireesh B. Pradhan, Additional Secretary, MNRE, in his introductory remarks, pointed out on the uniqueness of the JNNSM, which is the first joint initiative of Ministry of Power and MNRE. Pradhan stressed on the need to take into consideration interest of the industry, investors and other stakeholders, adding that the pool of experienced and technical professionals needs to be developed in order to achieve the country’s need.
Emphasizing on the importance of solar energy in India, Gauri Singh, Joint Secretary, MNRE, in her welcome address, spoke on the necessity of JNNSM to put India on the Global Solar Energy map.
In conclusion, Dr. Sarita Nagpal, Deputy Director General, CII, remarked that solar energy was necessary in creating a low carbon Indian economy. She stressed on the importance of developing an eco-system with enabling regulatory and policy measures to facilitate in building a green economy.
Source: OneIndia News.