The Indian Government has announced the approval of a new solar research and technology institute in the country.
Called the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), the facility will assist the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and function as the main national centre in a bid to advance solar technologies, with maximum cost benefits in India.
The institute is to be set up immediately by converting the Solar Energy Centre (SEC) in Gurgaon in the state of Haryana.
Plans to set up NISE is part of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), a solar strategy approved by the Government in 2009, which also includes specific targets and budget for the first phase until March 2013.
Last week ELN reported jails in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India will soon have solar power plants and LED lighting installed and another Indian state is also set to have a new solar plant with a total installed capacity of 28.8MW.