A parliamentary standing committee yesterday asked the power and energy ministry for taking an immediate initiative for generating wind and solar-based electricity as alternative sources of power due to gas crisis.

Sri Lanka has been identified as the `Hot Spot of Solar Energy Applications at two European Union solar energy conferences in Paris and Milan, a world renowned Sri Lankan born Professor of Electronics Materials and Devices who has been actively researching on solar energy over the past three decades, said.

Alternative energy jobs can provide vocations across many sectors of the economy but policy to spark them can take years to develop, U.S. governors told a Senate committee on Tuesday.

China has launched an unprecedented plan to offer hefty subsidies to independent solar power projects, a move that sparked a rally in the sector on Tuesday.

Shares of Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd soared 9 percent, Yingli Green Energy Holding Co Ltd climbed 10 percent, Trina Solar Ltd rose nearly 9 percent and JA Solar Holdings Co Ltd was trading nearly 8 percent higher.

An American firm Bargamo E&A has shown interest to invest in the solar energy projects. The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the firm, Hilard Herzong, called on the Sindh Governor, Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan. A statement on Sunday said that the meeting was held at the Governor House here.

CHANDIGARH: Against the backdrop of hectic global parleys to neutralise the effects of climate change, the Haryana Government has decided to develop Gurgaon and Faridabad as solar/green cities, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said here on Friday.

Chandigarh: A memorandum of understanding (MoU) for setting up of 5 MW solar power project in Punjab was inked between Punjab Energy Development Agency (PEDA) and the US-based Enterprise Business Solutions (EBS) Group in the presence of Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

The Milan trade fair said on Tuesday it is commissioning the world's biggest rooftop photovoltaic power installation covering some 270,000 square meters.

CHENNAI: Two Chennai-based organisations have come together to distribute one lakh solar energy-run lamps to the needy in the State by March.

Shastry V. Mallady

MADURAI: Solar and thermal dryers, which could be used by manufacturers of spices and condiments, are going to be developed here with the support of Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA).