According to reports, union minister for renewable energy Farooq Abdullah stated in Kanpur on Friday that his ministry was helping Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur in conducting research, development and popularisation of solar energy. The ministry has also allotted a research project to the Institute in this regard.
Abdullah said that it has become necessary to stop relying too much on non-renewable sources of energy like coal. The project has been handed over to IIT-K to promote research in solar energy and bring it closer to the people.
The minister said that his ministry has been promoting solar kitchen in a big way, keeping in view the fact that solar kitchens are much in use at religious places like Vaishno Devi, which are thronged by thousands of devotees every year.
He said that a sum of Rs 570 crore have been allocated for generating solar energy in Laddakh to encourage cooking through solar power. Solar power is used to cook food for around 50,000 people in Golden Temple.