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Solar energy costs should be brought down to the same level as other sources-Anil Kakodkar

Nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar, has earlier emphasised on energy generation from nuclear technology and from renewable energy sources like solar energy to secure energy for country’s future.

He has said safe nuclear energy that recycles used nuclear fuel and utilises thorium, viable solar energy that minimises land and water use, sustainable fluid fuels using nuclear and solar as primary energy, and fusion energy were key technologies for sustainable energy security.

Mr. Kakodkar is the newly appointed chairman of the state-run  Solar Energy Corporation, formed primarily for executing the  Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM).

In a recent interview he said, “Currently there are several things happening on the solar front and our targets for phase one is being more or less met. We are focussing on boosting solar energy through policy initiatives,” he said.

Another focus of the mission is bringing the right kind of technology to India, Kakodkar said.

“We must also focus on bringing the right kind of technology down to India. It should be suitable for the Indian climate,” he added. The nuclear scientist emphasised upon the need to curb costs while harnessing solar power.

“What I would consider a success at the end of phase one would be rapidly bringing down the costs of solar power. Solar energy costs should be brought down to the same level as other sources. Currently lot of subsidies is being given on the solar front, but it should be cheaper even without them,” he added.

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