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US keen to explore solar energy options in Punjab

Earlier this month Punjab announced that is was making ambitious plans to produce 1100 MW power, from non conventional resources comprise of biomass, micro-hydro and solar energy. They had then said that they are looking to China for help in biomass and hydro projects for technology.

According to reports, the United States has expressed interest in exploring promotion of solar energy options in Punjab.

Greg O’Connor, Commercial Counselor at the US Embassy in New Delhi said Washington is keen to promote bilateral cooperation in the alternate and renewable energy sector, and added that American firms are ready to set up units in partnership with industries in Punjab and in other parts of India.

He and other US officials visiting Amritsar over the last three days said such cooperation could bring in a change in energy-starved India.

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