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Government mulling club of nations to promote exchange of solar technology, says Union minister Farooq Abdullah

According to reports, India is looking forward to establishing a club of nations blessed with sufficient sunlight and harness energy to promote solar power as a substitute to the conventional form of energy, Union minister Farooq Abdullah said in New Delhi on Monday.

Addressing an energy conference organised by the ASPEN Institute, the Minister of New and Renewable Energy also said his ministry is planning to add another 1300 megawatt worth of solar energy projects to the Jawaharlal Nehru Solar Mission by the end of this year. “We intend to -very shortly- create a club. A club of countries that god has given maximum sun and start thinking how we help each other in trying to get solar energy,” he said.

Abdullah said the club will promote exchange of solar technology among the countries to end their dependency on conventional forms of energy. In reply to a question he said the club will also be able to look after the needs of companies operating in this area and will be able to act as a nodal agency to formulate further policies.

On growing awareness regarding solar power and make it more accessible to the people he said, “We are looking into a process to create more energy from sun. In Jawaharlal Nehru Mission we intend to add 1300 MW of power generation capacity by the end of this year.” He also added that India is working with several nations to harness various forms of renewable and non-polluting forms of energy.

In reply to a question on National Solar Mission, he said the round of the mission will be finalised “very shortly” which could be as early as July 2013. He said that his ministry will also approach the Finance Ministry to release more funds under clean and green energy initiative.

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