According to reports, research and development has an important role to play in increasing the renewable energy capacity in the country, Farooq Abdullah, Union minister for new and renewable energy said on Thursday.
A statement issued by the minister was read out at the international conference on ‘Renewable Energy and Climate Change – Exploring Opportunities for Sustainable Development’ held at the Madurai Kamaraj University, as he was unable to attend. In his statement, Abdullah pointed out the importance of research works in bringing down the cost and improving the efficiency of renewable energy sources.
“India has an installed capacity of 23,000 MW, which is around 12% of the total power generation capacity and contributes over 6% in the electricity mix. The aim is that this contribution be increased to 10% in the next five to seven years through introduction of technological innovations and state-of-the-art technologies,” the statement said.
“One of the important objectives of Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, which is implemented at present is to bring cost of solar power generation to grid parity levels where R&D has an important role to play. Exchange of scientific knowledge and cooperation are crucial to expedite research and development efforts. Several R&D groups in India and abroad are working towards cost reduction on renewable technologies,” Abdullah added in his statement.
M S Swaminathan, renowned agricultural scientist stressed that renewable energy projects should involve the communities of local areas. “Green economy with inclusive growth should be the aim and it should not damage the environment,” he stated. The sustainable growth should consider all the factors like economic, environment and social factors and community involvement is very essential for the success of any project, he stressed.
“Community participation will bring lot of traditional wisdom combined with modern science which can be rightly tapped for the growth and developmental projects,” Swaminathan added.