The government is committed to promoting renewable energy resources in the country, especially in the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari said on Friday.
Gadkari, who also holds the MSME portfolio was addressing a webinar on 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat – Opportunities in Solar & MSME' on Friday evening where he confidently claimed that India will become a top manufacturing hub for automobiles in the world within five years.
He added that by making solar energy available, "we will create big market for electric vehicles".
He invited investors abroad to invest in Indian MSMEs and expressed hope that this will provide a number of opportunities to the MSME sector to become the world's largest manufacturing hub.
In his address, Gadkari said that the MSMEs with good track record are now being encouraged for capital market.
He said there exists a huge opportunity for investment in scrapping policy.
The minister highlighted that India has tremendous potential and capacity for electricity generation.
He said that the solar power rate in India is Rs 2.40 per unit and commercial rate of power is Rs 11 per unit and the cheap power generated through solar energy can be used for automobiles and other developmental works.
The government has set an ambitious target for renewable energy and in particular, solar power generation, for this decade. The target for renewable energy installation is 450 GW by year 2030.
(With inputs from PTI)