Solar power equipment makers ask government to push manufacturing

Solar power equipment makers on Thursday asked the government to encourage manufacturing in the country under the second phase of its flagship plan – Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission.

“In the second phase of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM) indigenous manufacturing should be encouraged,” said Satyendra Kumar, Chief Technology Officer, Lanco Solar.

He was addressing a panel discussion as a member of the Indian Solar Manufacturer’s Association ( ISMA).

Kumar said the industry wants faster implementation of the government scheme.

“We want implementation as early as possible and on a continuous basis,” he said.

The JNNSM was launched on the January 11, 2010 by the Prime Minister. The Mission has set the ambitious target of deploying 20,000 MW of grid connected solar power by 2022 and is aimed at reducing the cost of solar power generation in the country.

Meanwhile, SEMI – an association serving the nano and microelectronics manufacturing supply chains – said that India requires the development of top-notch photo-voltaic manufacturing and market ecosystem.
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