Thiruvananthapuram: Former President A P J Abdul Kalam on Friday suggested that the country tap solar energy in a big way using satellite technology as a solution to its mounting energy requirements.

"We should put a solar power satellite into orbit. Such a satellite can supply clean power and it will be a solution to our power problem," Kalam, a space scientist, said during an interaction with Sainik School students at Kazhakkuttam near here.

He said it was also important to put in place a high-tech system which could make accurate weather forecast.

"What India wants now is not a space shuttle but a string of transponders which could connect villages and forecast climatic and weather changes accurately," he said.

The youth in the country had the ability to make India a developed nation by 2020, he added.