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TS, New Jersey do their best to promote clean technology

Scaling up collaborations: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy at pact signing ceremony in the city on Wednesday.

Scaling up collaborations: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy at pact signing ceremony in the city on Wednesday.  

The Telangana government and New Jersey State signed a ‘Sister State’ Partnership agreement to promote clean technology, trade, education and business opportunities for mutual benefit.

Chief Secretary S.K. Joshi signed the pact on behalf of the government with the New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy in the presence of Minister for IT, Municipal Administration and Urban Development K.T. Rama Rao here on Wednesday.

Mr. Murphy pointed out that he has been having discussions with various government and business delegations having found the environment very favourable for scaling up the collaborations in the areas of information technology, life sciences, clean energy, higher education, tourism and others.

The emergent energy challenges has opportunities in both the States, he said. “Both States are leaders in rooftop solar deployment with New Jersey being an early leader and Telangana recently ranking among the top two States in India for solar rooftop deployment readiness,” he pointed out.

The agreement was signed as part of the ‘U.S.-India State and Urban Initiative’ led by the Washington DC-based Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), to bolster clean tech cooperation between the two regions. The Minister told the Governor that he had lived in New Jersey during his stay in the U.S. and pointed out that it was one of the areas that had a large presence of Indians. The areas identified for growth in ties would give a boost to Telangana, he observed.

The Telangana State has a vast solar potential estimated at 20.41 GW and a wind energy potential of 4.2 GW. It has a total installed capacity of 4,036 MW renewable energy, including solar energy at 3,583 MW and wind energy of 128 MW, besides contribution from other renewable energy sources, informed Chairman, Southern Council, Indian Chambers of Commerce, Rajiv Reddy.

TS has adopted decentralised solar installation projects, as opposed to the solar park model and has encouraged projects across over 180 locations, he added. “The government has encouraged energy efficiency programmes and the use of LED bulbs leading to substantial savings worth ₹53,000 crore in 2017-18 and has contributed in reducing 108.28 million tonnes of carbon emission,” said Rajeev Singh, Director General of Indian Chamber of Commerce.

Top government officials, including IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, Special Chief Secretary Ajay Mishra and others, were present during the signing ceremony.

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