India & Japan Plan To Develop “Solar City”

A Japanese delegation led by Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications Kazuhiro Haraguchi was in India this week to meet with Union Minister for New & Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah. The meeting discussed various aspects of cooperation between the two countries in the field of renewable energy.

The two sides decided to jointly develop one city in India as a “solar city”. The Solar City project has a goal of reducing a minimum of 10% of demand on conventional fossil energy technologies within the next five years through energy efficiency measures and generation from renewable energy installations. The Indian Government has, so far, given in-principle approval to 34 cities in the country to be developed as Solar Cities. The city that will be the primary focus of the Japanese-Indian cooperation will be decided in the coming months.

Through this cooperation, Japan plans to promote the “Midori no Bunken” concept, which pushes a community based approach to society in order to enhance self sufficiency within a region by maximizing the use of natural resources and energy, with emphasis on developing solar, wind, micro-hydro and biomass energy.

The two sides also agreed to strengthen cooperation in Research and Development for promoting renewable energy. As part of the exchange program, a 10-member delegation from India will participate in the Japan-India New and Renewable Energy Seminar in Tokyo later this month. The delegation will include representatives from Central Government, State Governments and Nodal Agencies.

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