NEW DELHI, India – Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urged attendees of a global energy conference in New Delhi on Wednesday (April 17th) to make India a manufacturing hub for solar energy equipment, AFP reported. His call appears to have been prompted by chronic power shortages that afflict India regularly.
"India is potentially a large market for production of such (solar) equipment and it is also a potentially competitive, attractive production base for supplying other countries," Singh told the Fourth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, which attracted representatives of more than 20 nations.
The country views solar power as a potentially vital energy source that could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Largely dependent on coal-fired energy, India is rated as the world's third-worst carbon polluter.