A Japanese delegation led by Minister for Internal Affairs and Communications, Kazuhiro Haraguchi on Wednesday met the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah and decided to jointly develop a solar city in India.

During the bilateral meeting both sides discussed various aspects of cooperation between the two countries in the field of renewable energy.

After a detailed discussion and mutual agreement, the two sides decided to jointly develop one city in India as “solar city.”

The solar city project aims to reduce a minimum of 10 per cent of its projected demand of conventional energy at the end of five years through energy efficiency measures and generation from renewable energy installations. The Union Government has, so far, given in-principle approval to 34 cities to be developed as solar cities.

Japan is keen on promoting “Midori no Bunken”, which aims at changing centralised society to community-based society to enhance self-sufficiency within a region through maximising natural resources, including forest, sea, food and energy, with emphasis on not relying on electricity generated by others. It focuses on renewable energy such as 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 programme, 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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