Chile and India cooperate on plans to boost renewable energy

September 15, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

India hopes new plans for renewable energy will strengthen relationship between the two countries and lead to future projects as Chile looks to diversify.

Chile is now looking to India for tips as it seeks to diversify its energy matrix. Dr Farooq Abdullah, Indian Minister of New and Renewable energy, and Energy Minister Jorge Bunster have agreed to expand Chile’s renewable energy supply with the help of Indian expertise.

Abdullah arrived in Chile on Wednesday to hold meetings with Bunster and visit the ALMA observatory and energy projects in the Atacama.

As part of his assistance to the country, Abdullah has offered the Chilean government five positions for students to go and study at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s institute in Delhi.

“We’ll start their course straight away so there is no delay” Abdullah told The Santiago Times. “Chile will start [advancing with green energy] in the coming year.”

Chile’s upper house recently passed a revised renewable energy bill that stipulates that 20 percent of the nation’s energy consumption must come from renewables by 2025. President Sebastián Piñera had previously set that target of 20 percent by 2020. According to Chile’s National Energy Commission (CNE), just over 5 percent of the nation’s energy supply consumption currently comes from non-conventional renewable energy.

India will be lending expertise from institutions such as the Centre for Wind Energy, Solar Energy Centre, Alternate Hydro Energy Centre to carry out resource assessments in Chile.
“India and Chile have one thing in common: they import the large majority of their energy from the outside,” Abdullah said.
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