GANDHINAGAR: Union minister for new and renewable energy, Piyush Goyal, launched the third ‘Scaling Up Minigrids and Microgrids’ programme, under International Solar Alliance (ISA) at the ongoing annual meetings of African Development Bank in Gandhinagar, on Wednesday.

Goyal urged African nations to participate more actively in the international solar alliance and gain from the partnership of solar energy rich countries. The Union minister was speaking at a panel discussion on ‘Africa-India Cooperation on Powering Africa – Strengthening ISA and Africa-India RE Partnership’.

Expressing his views on eradicating poverty from Africa, Goyal said Africa has to ensure the use of renewable energy. Poverty cannot be eliminated without ensuring energy security, said the energy minister. As the African continent is rich in solar energy, African nations must use this natural resource for poverty alleviation, he stressed.

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