India and Turkey to join hands for Renewable Energy

Friday, June 28, 2013 0 comments

 Dr. Farooq Abdullah meeting the Turkish Energy Minister, Mr. Taner Yildiz

A New Chapter in Renewable Energy has been started as India and Turkey have agreed to improve their cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy. The Agreement was signed by Turkish Energy Minister Mr. Taner Yildiz and Minister of New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah at Ankara, Turkey. 

A High grade Delegation including Dr. Farooq Abdullah is visiting Turkey to explore greater opportunities for cooperation and collaboration between the two countries. Taner Yildiz said that Turkey is planning to more renewable based generation into the Power mix of the country. Even though Turkey has a considerable amount of potential for Renewable Energy, it is still to be explored in a large level also the country imports over 90% of its oil, gas and fossil fuel requirement. 

Mr Yildiz recognized India’s considerable achievements and strengths in renewable energy and noted that India had made large strides in this field. He expressed the Turkish government’s desire to set up large generating as well as manufacturing capacities in renewable energy sources, particularly wind and solar. 

Dr. Abdullah offered India’s support and expertise to Turkey in setting up projects in wind, solar and hydropower. He also offered training slots in India to Turkish scientists, engineers and technicians through the ITEC programme. The Indian Minister expressed his country’s desire for a serious and meaningful cooperation with Turkey, especially in renewable energy and offered all possible assistance. 

Also the Turkish Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) and the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSCON) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) later organized business seminars where business delegations from both countries deliberated in detail on the opportunities and prospects of renewable energy in Turkey. Both sides identified specific areas of scientific cooperation and possibilities of participation in renewable energy projects and investment opportunities. 

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