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India can lead in green energy: Al Gore

India can lead in green energy: Al Gore

NEW DELHI: Pitching for greater eco-friendly initiatives, former US Vice President Al Gore today said India can lead the way in adopting energy efficient solutions for everyday needs and accelerate a shift to alternate fuels .

“India has a tremendous opportunity to lead the world in energy efficient solutions and in effecting a rapid shift to use of alternate energy like wind and solar,” Gore said.

Favouring use of photo-voltaic technology for solar energy, he said greater use of such devices to turn sunlight into electric current would spur research in the field and also help lower cost.

“In the long run, solar energy is the most important of this remedial options as it comes in many forms like water heaters, lanterns,” Gore said.

He said the use of photo-voltaic cells was the best option to convert into electric current and a greater demand for this technology could spur growth of companies and research opportunities in countries like Germany, Taiwan and India.

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It is glad to note that Al Gore has pointed out solar as the most important of the remedial options as it comes in many forms like water heaters, lanterns.

Panchabuta has often noted that offgrid solar is where the biggest opportunities lie in the renewable and cleantech space, though a lot of the attention and coverage has been given to the utility scale application which of course are an important part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission(JNNSM) but the mission itself has placed its emphasis on the offgrid portion.

The JNNSM mission has  a goal of deploying  20 million solar lighting systems for rural areas by 2022. The JNNSM also plans to provide solar lighting systems under the ongoing remote village electrification programme of MNRE to cover about 10,000 villages and hamlets.

The off-grid projects which are often not discussed about or covered in detail in the media, but on which the Solar Mission (JNNSM) has placed a lot of importance has been discussed by Panchabuta  here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

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