U.S., India embrace over renewables

Clean energy a "personal and national priority," India's prime minister says.

By Daniel J. Graeber

NEW DELHI, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Advancing a renewable energy sector in India is a shared priority for the New Delhi and U.S. governments, the Indian prime minister said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted President Barack Obama in New Delhi to discuss economic, energy and nuclear developments. Obama's visit comes two weeks after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry welcomed the signing of billions of dollars worth of clean energy investments in the Indian economy at a New Deli investment conference.


"For President Obama and me, clean and renewable energy is a personal and national priority," the prime minister said in a statement Sunday.

During Kerry's visit, Indian conglomerate Adani Enterprises said it signed a $4 billion solar agreement with a U.S. solar energy services company SunEdison to produce enough solar panels to develop a sustainable green power sector in India.

Both companies under the terms of the agreement pledged to create a vertically integrated solar manufacturing facility in India, which will be the largest facility of its kind in the country.

Modi said clean energy developments were on the same footing as New Delhi's climate ambitions, which he shared with the U.S. president


"What I'm very excited about is, given the prime minister's energy and ambition for his country and lifting people out of poverty, and moving forward on the reform agenda that he's put forward, that that affection can then be translated into very specific actions," Obama added.

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