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‘Government plans to generate 20,000 mw solar power’

According to reports, the Union Government has drawn up plans to facilitate the setting up of 26 solar power plants at 26 locations in the country and increase the installed power generation capacity by 20,000 mw, said Tarun Kapoor, Joint Secretary, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Resources, at the international conference on ‘Renewable Energy and Sustainable Environment’ held at the Dr. Mahalingam College of Engineering and Technology in Pollachi on Tuesday.

A release from the college quoting him said that the move would make India a leading country in solar energy production. The Government was drawing up plans to set up solar energy plants atop buildings and on vacant lands, taking a cue from Germany.

In Tamil Nadu, there would be a move to install a 600 mw solar power plant, the release said.

The College had organised the conference in collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, IEEE and the Cape Breton University, Canada.

The objective was to provide a platform for scientists and engineers from industries, non-government organisations and education institutions from around the world to exchange ideas on the topic.

The organisers had received 200 papers and chose 90 of those based on peer reviews. The release added that M. Manickam, Chairman of the College, C. Ramasamy, Secretary of NIA institutions, Ibrahim Alladin, International Advisor to the College, and others spoke at the inauguration. The Hindu is the media partner for the conference.

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