Solar Cities Approved

Posted on December 16, 2011 by


India took an ambitious leap when it announced the JNNSM National Solar Mission in 2008. The plan was that India should have an installed solar capacity of 20,000 MW by 2020. To drive the point further, the government has initiated several demonstration projects to highlight the tremendous potential that the country possesses when it comes to solar energy. Recently, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy released a list of cities to be developed as solar cities. “In principle”, 48 cities have been approved by the ministry while 37 of these have received sanctions and are in the process of preparing master plans.

Selection of cities has been based on criteria such as –  population (50,000 to 50 lakhs with relaxation to special category states including the North-East), relevant initiatives and regulatory actions already taken in these states and state commitment in promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.

To date, INR 17.23 crore has been sanction for the 37 cities of which INR 2.75 crore is towards the utilization by state nodal agencies/municipal corporations.

So far, 7 cities have finalised their master plans and are starting project development. These include Agra, Moradabad from Uttar Pradesh, Thane and Kalyan-Dombivali from Maharashtra, Indore from Madhya Pradesh, Kohima from Nagaland and Aizawl from Mizoram.

A list of all the approved cities is given below.

State Cities for which in-principle approval has been given
Andhra Pradesh Vijayawada
Assam Guwahati
Jorhat
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Gujarat Rajkot
Gandhinagar
Surat
Goa Panji City
Haryana Gurgaon
Faridabad
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Hamirpur
Karnataka Mysore
Hubli-Dharwad
Kerela Thiruvananthapuram
Kochi
Mumbai Nagpur
Thane
Kalyan-Dombivali
Aurangabad
Nanded
Shirdi
Madhya Pradesh Indore
Gwalior
Bhopal
Rewa
Manipur Imphal
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Dimapur
Orrisa Bhubaneswar
Punjab Amritsar
Ludhiana
SAS Nagar (Mohali)
Rajasthan Ajmer
Jhodpur
Jaipur
Tamil Nadu Coimbatore
Tripura Agartala
Uttrakhand Dehradun
Haridwar-Rishikesh
Chamoli-Gopeshwar
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Moradabad
West Bengal Howrah

Source: MNRE

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