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India to set up the National Institute for Solar Energy

07/11/2013

India's Union Government has approved the establishment of a new central center for solar energy research and development and related activities.

India's Union Government has approved the establishment of a new central center for solar energy research and development and related activities. The National Institute for Solar Energy (NISE) will be established through the conversion of the existing Solar Energy Center in Gurgaon, with a goal to develop it as a “world class institute”.

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The center will be established through the conversion of the existing Solar Energy Centre in Gurgaon, India

A first step will be the formulation of a Review-cum-Strategy Formulation Committee with representatives from industry, the scientific community and financial institutions to create a roadmap for the institute. Government states that this will involve looking at various models both domestically and internationally.

“Solar energy technologies are evolving continuously and the proposal to set up the NISE is an innovative idea which will accelerate the process to support induction of the latest technologies to ensure maximum cost benefit and lead to early commercialization,” notes the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). “Solar power project developers will be motivated to use more efficient and optimized solar components.”

MNRE notes that the setting up of a national center for solar energy is a goal of the National Solar Mission. The government has not specified which solar technologies the center will focus on, but has stated that NISE will look at different aspects of solar technologies.


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