Indian Acting High Commissioner talks of his country’ s vast strides in renewable energy

Acting High Commissioner of India Vinod K. Jacob spoke about key milestones achieved by India in the renewable energy sector. He was speaking at the third edition of Renewable Energy Growth Forum - Sri Lanka Chapter - which was held at Taj Hotel in Colombo yesterday.

Acting High Commissioner Jacob noted that India was all set to cross the 100GW renewable energy capacity mark in 2020 and was on course to achieve the ambitious 175GW clean energy target by 2022. He noted that India had recently completed the commissioning of the largest solar park in the world in Karnataka. Underlining commitment to green energy sources, US$3.1 billion had been allocated in the recent Budget by the Government of India towards the power and renewable energy sector in 2020-21.

Acting High Commissioner Jacob expressed happiness at the fact that India and Sri Lanka were Founding Members of important initiatives such as International Solar Alliance, and the IRENA which focusses on renewables. He recalled that India had also offered US$ 100 million concessional financing for undertaking solar projects in Sri Lanka.

He also spoke about the training programmes that were fully-funded by the Government of India, which were available to young scholars, in various streams including in the field of renewable energy. "These are spread across India including at National Institute of Solar Energy, Gurgaon; National Institute of Wind Energy, Chennai; Barefoot College, Rajasthan etc." He urged Sri Lankan experts and officials to make use of those opportunities. He underlined that in the evolving post millennium energy security architecture, India could be a partner for Sri Lanka in two respects, namely energy security and in the fight against climate change.

The Renewable Energy Growth Forum is organised by Informa Markets with support from Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Chamber of Construction Industry of Sri Lanka. Minister of Power and Energy & Transport Services Management of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Amaraweera was the Chief Guest. Several senior officials from Government of Sri Lanka and industrial experts from India, Sri Lanka and other countries attended the event.

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