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India, UAE to cooperate for solar, wind energy
Sunday January 19, 2014 7:09 PM, IANS

India and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have signed an agreement to enhance cooperation in renewable energy, especially in the areas of solar and wind power.

India's Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah and Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, minister of state and the UAE's special envoy for energy and climate change, Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation in these areas in Abu Dhabi.

Both the countries also agreed to form a Joint Working Group for better coordination through joint research on subjects of mutual interest, exchange and training of scientific and technical personnel, exchange of available scientific and technologies information and data, according to a statement released here Sunday by the ministry of new and renewable energy.

India and UAE have also agreed to cooperate in organisation of workshops, seminars and working groups, transfer of know-how, technology and equipment, on non-commercial basis.

Abdullah, who is on an official visit to Abu Dhabi, held talks with UAE minister Al Jaber.

Abdullah briefed the UAE minister on the progress made by India in renewable energy with special reference to the National Solar Mission launched in 2010 under the National Action Plan on Climate Change.

He also briefed the minister on India's efforts in promoting energy for remote and un-electrified areas, the statement said.

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