Create solar valleys, urges the PM
While launching the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh gave a clarion call to industry to create ’Solar Valleys’ on the lines of Silicon Valleys that are spurring the Indian IT industry across India.
“These valleys will become the hubs for solar science, engineering and research, fabrication and manufacturing”, and Indian industry should see the Solar Mission as a huge business opportunity,” Dr. Manmohan Singh said. He also inaugurated the Solar Energy Conclave 2010 organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and FICCI. Terming the Mission as one of the major priorities of the second term of the government the Prime Minister congratulated Dr. Farooq Abdullah and Shri Shyam Saran for the work they have done in bringing this to fruition. Shri Sharad Pawar, Union Minister for Agriculture, Shri Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman Planning Commission and Shri Jairam Ramesh, Minister of State (I/C) for Environment and Forests were also present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister said that the Mission has the potential to provide significant multipliers in our efforts for transformation of India’s rural economy. Observing that solar energy, in its decentralized and distributed applications, is already beginning to light the lives of tens of millions of India’s energy-poor citizens, he said that the rapid spread of solar lighting systems, solar water pumps and other solar power-based rural applications can change the face of India’s rural economy. “We intend to significantly expand such applications through this Mission,” he added.
The Prime Minister said that the target of 20,000 MW of solar generating capacity by the end of the 13th Plan period was ambitious, adding that “I do sincerely believe that the target is doable and that we should work single-mindedly to achieve it as a priority national endeavour.”
In this context, Dr. Manmohan Singh said that there exists in our country immense talent and research capabilities already engaged in the solar energy field both in the private and public sectors. “It is clear that a large number of Ministries and authorities will have to work in tandem if we are to make a success of this important Mission. The Solar Mission should evolve as a single national platform for coordination among our scientific, industrial and regulatory establishments in a synergetic manner,” he emphasized.