India and the Netherlands on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding for cooperation in renewable energy. Under this agreement, an Indo-Dutch Joint Working Group will be set up and the exchange of technical and institutional knowledge on clean energy will be facilitated, the release said.

Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah presided over a ceremony where the Dutch Ambassador Alphonsus Stoelinga and the Secretary of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Satish Balram Agnihotri signed the MoU.

On the pact, Dutch Ambassador Stoelinga said: “Both India and the Netherlands have ambitious sustainable energy targets and face similar challenges in realising clean energy options in densely populated areas. The MoU will encourage cooperation between the Indian and Dutch governments and governmental organisations, as well as between research institutions and private companies in both countries.”

The cooperation will specifically focus on wind and solar energy, biomass and smart grids.

(This article was published on February 11, 2014)
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