Anand Mahindra to head solar advisory panel

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Anand Mahindra, vice chairman and managing director, Mahindra & Mahindra, is to head the Solar Energy Industry Advisory Council, which has been recently set up by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).

According to a Hindu Business Line report, AN Srivastava, director, MNRE, who is in charge of National Solar Mission Coordination and Issues concerning manufacturing, duties and taxation, said that the council has been constituted with about 15 members from the industry.

He said that the list of members include industrialists Jamshed Godrej, Baba Kalyani and Deepak Puri of Moser Baer. K. Subramanya, CEO, Tata BP Solar, HR Gupta, managing director of Indosolar, Vineet Mittal of Welspun as well as BP Rao, chairman and managing director, BHEL, and BC Tripathi, chairman and managing director, GAIL, are also members of the panel.

Srivastava said that the idea was to have representatives from all segments of the industry. He said that the thrust of the committee’s mandate is ‘manufacture’, so that the Indian solar industry evolves with India-made equipment.

Sources said that the Council would advise MNRE on issues relating to “manufacture, investment, fiscal policies and other related issues.” The term of the council ends on March 31, 2013, co-terminus with the Phase-I of the National Solar Mission.

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