New energy: India setting up cell for attracting investments

India is setting up an Investment Promotion Cell for the energy sector to provide a single point of contact for investors, Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah has said.

In the next five years, the country plans to invest $50 billion in renewable energy, including $19 billion in wind, $25 billion in solar and $3 billion each in Hydro and Biomass segments, he said.

“The cell will be our window for the potential investors to engage with us and bring their efforts and ideas to fruition,” Abdullah told reporters after addressing an investors’ meet in London on Tuesday evening.

He asked global investors to invest in India’s renewable energy sector and support its quest for a low-carbon and environmentally sustainable growth path.

“We strongly believe that it will be a win-win situation for all of us,” he said, asking investors to forge partnerships in the country.

Abdullah said more than 40 investors attended the meet and ‘they seemed to be very keen to invest in solar and wind projects’.

Further, he stated that India has seen an ‘impressive increase in installed power capacity, from about 1,350 MW at the time of independence 65 years ago to about 2,00,000 MW at Present’.

However, he added that despite such big strides, about 33 per cent of India’s rural households are still deprived of access to commercial energy sources.

“The average per capita consumption of energy in India is still quite low at around 800 units per annum,” he said.

Abdullah said India today stands at fifth position in in terms of renewable energy capacity, after the US, China, Germany and Spain…. Read more


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