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Solar Cities in India

India moves in track to have first of its green and clean solar cities in the country. With rapid development and urbanization, there has been a rising demand for energy in the cities of India. The MNRE had selected 60 cities in India where renewable energy forms could be adopted to reduce the usage of traditional power by minimum 10%. A city having population levels between 0.5 – 50 lakh. Solar cities are not a new concept. In fact they have been successfully implemented in Australia and USA.


Capital sanctions of INR 50 lakhs per city was sanctioned to 31 cities. A combination of renewable energy technologies like solar generators, rooftop installations, solar heating systems etc. will be used in the process. Detailed methodology has been put in place to achieve this target. This program will assist local governments in preparing a master plan, which will entail sector wise preparation of energy demand and supply chain currently and over a period of 2013-2018. Based on this a renewable energy resources assessment would be done. The potential sources are listed below:

Solar energy

Thermal Systems

i)Solar water heating systems

ii)Solar cookers (Box and dish type)

iii)Scheffler cookers for indoor cooking

iv)Solar steam generating systems

v)Solar drying/air heating systems

vi)Solar refrigeration and air conditioning plants

vii)Solar concentrators for process heat applications

Photovoltaic Systems

viii)Solar lanterns

ix)Solar home lighting systems

x)Solar generators

xi)Street light solar control systems

xii)Solar hoardings

xiii)Solar street light/garden lights

xiv)Solar traffic lights

xv)Solar blinkers

xvi)Road studs

xvii)Solar power packs

xviii)Building integrated photovoltaic

xix)SPV power plants for decentralization applications

xx)Roof top plants for replacing DG gensets

xxi)Solar charging stations

Biomass &Waste to Energy Projects

i)Power projects based on Municipal and Urban Waste and also on industrial waste through combustion/bio-methanation technologies

ii)Power projects based on methane available from STPs

iii)Bo-mass gasification and co-generation projects in industries

iv)Biomass gasifies based crematoriums

v) Projects on methane utilization for thermal & electrical applications in industries

Wind turbines for power generation

Miro-hydel plants

Solar passive architecture in buildings/housing

Source: MNRE

Read more about Solar Energy in India

Initiated in 2008, the program received formal approval of the government for 50 such cities last week. The master plans of 46 of these cities have been prepared so far.

State-wise status of Solar Cities as on 19.08.2015
State Approved Solar Cities Status of Master Plans Solar City Cell Created
1. Andhra Pradesh 1. Vijayawada Prepared Yes
2. Telangana 2. Mahbubnagar* Under Preparation No
3. Assam 3. Guwahati Prepared No
4. Jorhat Prepared Yes
4. Arunachal Pradesh 5. Itanagar Prepared Yes
5. Chandigarh 6. Chandigarh Prepared Yes
6. Chhattisgarh 7. Bilaspur Prepared Yes
8. Raipur Prepared Yes
7. Gujarat 9. Rajkot Prepared Yes
10. Gandhinagar Prepared Yes
11. Surat Prepared Yes
8. Goa 12. Panji City Prepared No
9. Haryana 13. Gurgaon Prepared No
14. Faridabad Prepared Yes
10. Himachal Pradesh 15. Shimla Prepared Yes
16. Hamirpur Prepared Yes
11. Karnataka 17. Mysore Prepared Yes
18. Hubli-Dharwad Prepared No
12. Kerala 19. Thiruvananthapuram* Under Preparation No
20. Kochi Under Preparation No
13. Maharashtra 21. Nagpur Prepared Yes
22. Thane Prepared Yes
23. Kalyan-Dombivali Prepared Yes
24. Aurangabad Prepared No
25. Nanded Prepared No
26. Shirdi Prepared Yes
14. Madhya Pradesh 27. Indore* Prepared No
28. Gwalior Prepared Yes
29. Bhopal Prepared No
30. Rewa Prepared Yes
15. Manipur 31. Imphal Prepared Yes
16. Mizoram 32. Aizawl Prepared Yes
17. Nagaland 33. Kohima Prepared Yes
34. Dimapur Prepared No
18. Delhi 35. New Delhi (NDMC area) Prepared No
19. Orissa 36. Bhubaneswar Prepared No
20. Punjab 37. Amritsar Prepared No
38. Ludhiana Prepared Yes
39. SAS Nagar (Mohali) Under Preparation No
21. Rajasthan 40. Ajmer Under Preparation No
41. Jaipur Under Preparation No
42. Jodhpur Prepared No
22. Tamil Nadu 43. Coimbatore Prepared No
23. Tripura 44. Agartala Prepared Yes
24. Uttarakhand 45. Dehradun Prepared Yes
46. Haridwar & Rishikesh Prepared Yes
47. Chamoli – Gopeshwar Prepared Yes
24. Uttar Pradesh 48. Agra Prepared No
49. Moradabad Prepared Yes
50. Allahabad Under Preparation No
25. West Bengal 51. Howrah Under Preparation Yes
52. Madhyamgram Prepared No
53. New Town Kolkata Prepared Yes
26. Jammu & Kashmir 54. Leh* Under Preparation No
27. Puducherry 55. Puducherry Prepared No

*Only In-principal approval given. 

Source: MNRE

With the new 100 GW solar installation target announced by the Central Government, the country is fast ramping up to achieve whatever it can. The government is surely headed in the right direction to achieve the same. It remains to be seen whether all of this can be accomplished in real and concrete sense or only on paper.


Sneha Shah

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