Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal envisages solar energy to be the sole source of power in the near future

Union Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal has said that India is working with a collective mindset to achieve a cleaner future for all future generations.

Speaking at the Valedictory Function of the First World Solar Technology Summit organized by the International Solar Alliance (ISA) on Tuesday, he said, “The best part about India's own engagement with clean energy is that we are working with a collective mindset, breaking all departmental silos and working to support each other to finally achieve a cleaner future for our future generations.”

The Minister took to Twitter to share the video of his address to the summit.

Goyal expressed the belief that solar energy and new technologies would certainly power the country’s tomorrow to make the world a cleaner and better place for living.

“I envisage India, which has a demonstrated capability to go up to 745 GW of solar energy alone, will be providing power to other parts of the world in their peak hours. I see an interconnected grid across the world. I visualize a world grid with transmission lines crossing oceans, such that we can transmit energy throughout the world,” he said.

The Minister lauded the initiatives by the Petroleum and Natural Gas Ministry to usher in a gas-based economy in India. He called the initiatives “game-changing” and “transformational” and said that these initiatives will help the country’s transit from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy.

Goyal said that the decision at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference or COP 21 in Paris to reduce carbon emission levels was the most collective decision in several years.

“This was most important collective decision for better cleaner future for all. We had decided to work towards a cleaner & better future of our world, decided what each country would do to bring down carbon emissions & to collectively agree that it shall be a global responsibility of all stakeholders to address the challenge of Climate Change,” he said.

In his concluding remarks, Goyal called upon all to join hands together to harness the infinite power of the SURAJ: S- Stable, U- Unconditional, R- Renewable, A-Affordable, J- Justice.