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Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressing students at UC Berkeley Sept. 11, 2017. He flew to Los Angeles Sept. 12 where he will meet members of the local Indian American community. (Som Sharma/India-West photo) 

WASHINGTON — Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has visited electric car major Tesla and a solar research center in the San Francisco Bay area of California to understand the implications of renewable and clean energy for India.

Gandhi, 47, spent several hours at Sun Power and sought information on its advantages and disadvantages.

"The idea (behind visiting the center) was to really understand implications (of solar power) in India," senior Congress leader Sam Pitroda, who accompanied Gandhi, said after his visit to Sun Power's research center in the Silicon Valley.

SunPower Corporation is an American energy company that designs and manufactures crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and solar panels.

He also visited the Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., Sept. 12.

Tesla is an American automaker, energy storage company, and solar panel manufacturer based in Palo Alto in California.

The company specializes in electric cars, lithium-ion battery energy storage and solar panels.

After his visit, Gandhi flew to Los Angeles.

He is scheduled to interact with members of the think-tank community and local Indian American leaders there.

On Sept. 11, Gandhi, in addressing an audience at UC Berkeley, lambasted the Narendra Modi government for fomenting “the politics of polarization” and re-igniting terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir (see India-West story here).

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