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Andhra Pradesh calls for investments in renewable energy projects

According to reports, Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has called upon entrepreneurs to invest in the renewable energy projects in the State as part of efforts to promote non-fossil fuel energy.

He has said the State is open for investments to ensure generation of 5,400 MW power through renewable energy sources. “Generation through renewable energy sources is a costly affair. But, fossil fuels are not going to last forever and focus on alternative sources is a long-term solution to meet the demand for energy.”

Mr. Reddy was inaugurating an international conclave and exhibition on climate change organised by the Climate Change cell of the Engineering Staff College of India (ESCI) here on Wednesday. The conclave, the first in the series of events planned by the ESCI, was aimed at evolving solutions to climate change. The Chief Minister invited suggestions from the industry in addressing the concerns before things went out of hand. National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) Vice-Chairman M. Shashidhar Reddy stressed the need for harnessing nuclear energy.

ESCI centre for climate change honorary chairman V. Bhaktavatsalam expressed concern over the emphasis on promoting ultra mega power projects instead of ensuring generation of lower amounts of renewable energy at different places.

He wanted the State government to organise climate change as separate Ministry under the Chief Minister at the State level.

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