Solar cities program under development by MNRE

Posted on September 3, 2011 by

As per the news from PIB , MNRE has initiated implementing a programme on ‘Development of Solar Cities’ which aims to reduce a minimum of 10% of the projected demand for conventional energy in cities through solar energy installations and energy efficiency measures. Sixty Solar Cities have been proposed in 11th five year plan, including four Model Solar Cities and 10 Pilot Solar Cities.

The future of solar technology is immense in India. The current available principle solar technologies comprise of solar PV’s and solar thermal with variations of the two. While solar PV makes use of the photoelectric effect, solar thermal aims at concentrating solar energy and storing it in insulated containers for use as when required. Solar cities will mostly use solar PV systems for producing electricity and solar thermal systems for heating and other purposes.

At present, government subsidies are in place that somewhat neutralize the high initial cost of solar power. These are the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission and other state government subsidies like generation based incentive and subsidies for off grid solar systems.  (Know more about off grid solar applications in Manipur)

Solar cities can help in;

  • lowering household energy bills through increased energy efficiency;
  • reducing electricity bills and can also considerably impact electricity prices through deferring electricity infrastructure upgrades
  • increasing the uptake of renewable solar energy.

The government of India has sanctioned 36 Solar City projects including State Capitals in the Country and is also provideing financial support of up to Rs. 50 lakh to the respective City Government of each solar city for preparation of a master plan.

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