Bro­kers of the sun

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT - THE CEN­TRAL

govern­ment has roped in spir­i­tual gu­rus to pro­mote its tar­get of gen­er­at­ing 40,000 MW of rooftop so­lar power. The govern­ment has asked spir­i­tual lead­ers to in­stall so­lar power units in their ashrams, or her­mitages, and pro­mote this re­new­able form of en­ergy among mil­lions of their fol­low­ers. Union Min­istry of New and Re­new­able En­ergy sec­re­tary Upen­dra Tri­pathi said that the gu­rus are in the best po­si­tion to show­case the virtues of so­lar en­ergy and pro­mote the cause of green en­ergy. Un­der the project, a data bank of over 100 large ashrams is being com­piled to seek co­op­er­a­tion for set­ting up so­lar power projects in re­turn for govern­ment is also con­tem­plat­ing a global con­fer­ence of in­ter­faith lead­ers on this is­sue.

COURTESY: MIINDIACAPITAL .ORG

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