India's powerful package of incentives for the wind market may now be extended to solar energy, said the country's non conventional energy minister, Professor P.J. Kurien, at a meeting of renewable energy investors in Madras on February 16. The meeting, organised by the Ministry of Non Conventional Energy Sources, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), the Indian Renewable Development Authority and the Tata Energy Development Authority, was the first step at organising renewable investors into an association. Professor Kurien also urged the wind industry to start looking at the huge market for off-grid wind projects. These could provide power to remote hospitals and community centres and subsidies of 80% were available for such schemes, though had barely been utilised.
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