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India Goes Non-Conventional

Country demonstrates its strength in alternative power production...

India's Union Ministry of Non-conventional Energy Sources plans to electrify 20,000 remote villages using solar power by 2007, according to N.P. Singh an advisor to the Union Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources.

Mr. Singh said the villages outlined in the proposal could not get power because of their distance and hilly terrain.

On energy generation through non-conventional means, Mr. Singh said the Government planned to step up production from 4000 megawatts (MW) of grid quality power to 10,000 MW by 2012.

India has emerged as an exporter of solar panels and cells in the last three years. It marketed solar energy products worth Rs.11 crores for generating 45 MW, in developed countries.