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The Union cabinet on January 20, 2021 was informed of signing of the memorandum of understanding. Both parties would work for implementation and deployment of pilot project in International Solar Alliance (ISA) member countries, according to a government statement.

Highlights

  • The Union Cabinet chaired by PM Modi on January 20, 2021, approved the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between India and Uzbekistan for the research and pilot projects in solar energy.
  • The partnership between both nations will involve the National Institute of Solar Energy- NISE and the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy- MNRE from India, while the International Solar Energy Institute will be representing Uzbekistan.
  • India is running the world’s largest clean energy programme and has established its green energy credentials, with the country’ solar tariffs falling to a record low of  ₹99 per unit. India is also trying to access energy-rich Central Asia.
  • According to a government statement, the two countries will “identify research/demonstration/pilot projects between the National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE), Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, India and the International Solar Energy Institute (ISEI), Uzbekistan in” areas such as solar photovoltaic, storage technologies and technology transfer.
  • The research and cooperation will primarily focus in the areas of Solar Photovoltaic, Storage Technologies and Transfer of Technologies. Based on mutual agreement, both parties would work for implementation and deployment of pilot project in International Solar Alliance (ISA) member countries.

India–Uzbekistan relations

India–Uzbekistan relations refers to the international relations that exist between the Republic of India and the Republic of Uzbekistan. India has an embassy in Tashkent; Uzbekistan has an embassy in New Delhi.  The trade relations between India and Uzbekistan are governed by the Agreement on Trade and Economic Co-operation, signed in May 1993 which contains features of trade agreements, such as mutual MFN treatment, etc. The holding of 12th IGC in 2019 in New Delhi is under consideration.

Three main areas to be explored under MoU:

  • Solar Photovoltaic
  • Storage technologies
  • Transfer of Technology

India and Uzbekistan collaboration on solar energy:

Uzbekistan is a part of ISA, which is an initiative co-founded by France and India for addressing the common problems pertaining to the development of solar energy and sharing technology and ideas to further improve its implementation.

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