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Solar cities programme

Solar cities programme

About Solar cities programme:

  • The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing a programme on ‘Development of Solar Cities’ which aims to reduce a minimum of 10% of the projected demand of conventional energy of the city through renewable energy installations and energy efficiency measures.
  • The Ministry provides Central Financial support up to Rs.5 lakh for preparing Master Plan for development of green campus in the educational institutions, office complexes, residential and commercial complexes etc.
  • Sixty Cities are proposed to be developed as Solar Cities during the Eleventh Plan period including four Model Solar Cities and 10 Pilot Solar Cities.
  • The Master plan for each Solar City is being prepared to assess and utilize various renewable sources including Solar, Wind, Municipal Waste etc.

Objective of Solar City programme :

  1. To enable and empower Urban Local Governments to address energy challenges at City – level.
  2. To provide a framework and support to prepare a Master Plan including assessment of current energy situation, future demand and action plans.
  3. To build capacity in the Urban Local Bodies and create awareness among all sections of civil society.
  4. To involve various stakeholders in the planning process.
  5. To oversee the implementation of sustainable energy options through public – private partnerships.