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India & Chile to enhance cooperation in renewable energy

Agreement decided during Indian delegation visit to Chile to explore collaboration opportunities in renewable energy between two countries

A hydro power dam
The cooperation between India and Chile is set to include developments in hydro power

India and Chile have agreed to enhance their cooperation in the field of Renewable Energy, the MNRE has confirmed. The agreement was decided at a meeting held between the Chilean energy minister Jorge Bunster and Farooq Abdullah, minister of new and renewable energy at Santiago. It is set to see Chile use Indian expert services and institutions to develop renewable energy technologies in the country.

Abdullah is visiting Chile along with a high level delegation to explore greater opportunities for cooperation and collaboration in renewable energy between India and Chile. The news follows Chile signing an agreement with companies in Finland to develop renewable energy technologies in February this year.

The MNRE (Ministry of New and Renewable Energy) has said Abdullah has offered India's support and expertise to Chile in setting up renewable projects in the country. He has offered the services of Indian experts and institutions for resource assessment of renewable energy sources, training of personnel, as well as to prepare projects exploiting the technologies in Chile. This includes the Centre for Wind Energy, Solar Energy Centre and the Alternate Hydro Energy Centre.

Abdullah has also offered training slots in India to Chilean scientists, engineers and technicians through the Indian Technical And Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Programme. The MNRE said the Indian Minister has expressed his country's desire for a "serious and meaningful cooperation" with the entire Latin American region, especially Chile, in renewable energy and offered all possible assistance.

At the meeting Bunster informed the Indian minister Chile is almost entirely dependent on imports for its energy needs. It is therefore "extremely keen to diversify its energy mix by introducing a large component of renewables," the MNRE said. It has considerable potential in wind, hydro, solar and geothermal energy.

The MNRE said Bunster "recognised India's considerable achievements and strengths in renewable energy" and noted that India had made "large strides" in the same.

The Minister has also held a bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister, Alfredo Moreno Charme. The two ministers discussed issues including the Chilean president's proposed visit to India in October. He also addressed a meeting of the UN ECLAC in Santiago where he offered India's fullest support to the entire region in developing renewable energy, the MNRE said.