NMCC suggests Solar Mission to meet India's energy needs

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New Delhi, Jul 2 (UNI) The National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) has called for setting up a Solar Mission on par with the Space Commission headed by a visionary leader to meet India's burgeoning energy needs.

Council chairman Dr V Krishnamurthy, in a communication to the Prime Minsiter, said various stakeholders, including science ministries and industry, have made the recommendation after studying the energy scenario in a series of meetings held by NMCC.

The Council was set up to study issues relating to manufacture solar energy as a source of clean energy and also the country's energy security.

Dr Krishnamurthy said it has become imperative to put solar energy on the nation's top agenda because of enormous energy requirement in the coming years, adding that India would require an additional three lakh megawatt of power in the next 10 years.

Besides, the energy requirement for other applications will be much higher.

He said when oil price has already become unaffordable and supply of this and other fossil fuels such as coal are also not inexhaustible, the country's over-dependence on oil will not be in its long-term national interest.

The NMCC has, therefore, suggested that solar energy being the only abundant source of supply, all steps should be taken to harness it on a large scale. To achieve the objective, the Council called for major research and development initiative on materials and on converting technology into commercially viable products. This, it said, could be achieved by setting up a Solar Mission on par with the Space Commission.

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