India to develop 48 cities as “Solar Cities”!


In line with India’s pledge to promote renewable energy and reduce Green House Gas emissions,  Indian Authorities have today given an in-principle nod to develop 48 cities as Solar Cities in India.

According to the Government press release 37 out of these 48 cities have already been sanctioned. These are the cities which have already engaged consultants for preparation of Master Plans to execute these Solar Projects.

The cities were identified based on their population (between 50,000 to 50 lakh) and an amount of Rs.17.23 crore has been sanctioned to develop these Solar Cities!

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Following is the list 48 Solar cities to be developed in India

Sr.No. State Cities for which in-principle approval given
1 Andhra Pradesh 1.  Vijayawada*
2 Assam 2.  Guwahati*,
3.  Jorhat*
3 Arunachal Pradesh 4.  Itanagar*
4 Chandigarh 5. Chandigarh *
5 Chhattisgarh 6.  Bilaspur*
7.  Raipur*
6 Gujarat 8. Rajkot*
9. Gandhinagar*
7 Goa 11.  Panji City*
8 Haryana 12. Gurgaon*
13. Faridabad*
9 Himachal Pradesh 14.  Shimla *
15.  Hamirpur*
10 Karnataka 16. Mysore*
17. Hubli-Dharwad*
11 Kerala 18. Thiruvananthapuram
19. Kochi
12 Maharashtra 20. Nagpur *
21. Thane*
23. Aurangabad
24. Nanded
25. Shirdi*
13 Madhya Pradesh 26. Indore
28. Bhopal
29. Rewa
14 Manipur 30. Imphal*
15 Mizoram 31. Aizawl*
16 Nagaland 32. Kohima*
17 Orissa 34. Bhubaneswar*
18 Punjab 35.  Amritsar*
36.  Ludhiana*
37. SAS Nagar (Mohali)
19 Rajasthan 38. Ajmer
39. Jaipur
40. Jodhpur*
20 Tamil Nadu 41. Coimbatore *
21 Tripura 42. Agartala*
22 Uttrakhand 43. Dehradun*
44.  Haridwar&Rishikesh*
45. Chamoli-Gopeshwar*
23 Uttar Pradesh 46. Agra*
47. Moradabad*
24 West Bengal 48. Howrah 

Note: * marked cities are sanctioned cities

What is a Solar City?

The Solar City aims at minimum 10% reduction in projected demand of conventional energy at the end of five years, through a combination of enhancing supply from renewable energy sources in the city and energy efficiency measures. [source]

The basic aim is to motivate the local Governments for adopting renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures. In a Solar City all types of renewable energy based projects like solar, wind, biomass, small hydro, waste to energy etc. are installed along with possible energy efficiency measures depending on the need and resource availability in the city.

Kudos to Indian Government for taking this step!

  1. Cecilia Jabakumar Daniel says

    It is time to place Coimbatore on the solar energy map!

  2. Shashank Sharma says

    Does goverment have any projects for economically backward cities and region like Bundelkhand. very disheartening to know that cities like Jhansi, Kanpur are exempted from Solar energy!!:(…….

    Please give due advantage to these cities also……we as young look forward to develop our cities

    1. Vaibhav Agarwal says

      Yes ofcourse, we have heard of a solar project coming up in Raksa (15 km from Jhansi) for providing cheap power to Jhansi city….
      Very disheartening indeed that Jhansi is not included in this list….

  3. Eduardo Garcia says

    If the sun is an inexhaustible source of energy for cooking and heat in electricity.
    To achieve this task, the materials from household appliances to be very cheap, I’m working on solar umbrella, cost $ 2. I send pictures and discards as produce packaging products. Mirrors.

  4. Shankar S says

    We have so much sunlight we should aim to develop every city, town, village to use renewable energy. In fact this can be done easier and quicker in smaller and more backward villages.

  5. Altaf Rahman says

    I am from Vijayawada (the first city in the above list).
    We have one waste to energy plant (6MW) running for the past 10 years or so. In fact it was the first WTE plant in India. (Correct me if I am wrong).
    2 years back I tried to contact a state govt agency which “encourages new developments in renewable sources of energy” regarding pyrolisys oil from agro waste but the response was very passive.

    Just my two paisa :)

  6. Eduardo Garcia says

    That good news, pay attention to my patent of renewable energy and energy from methane gas lowland rivers, again is great news for those who work long ago.Contact Mahesh Rathi – [email protected] – Skype – maheshrathi74 – Providing information and content of green energy jobs and explain what was discussed.
    Eduardo Garcia – [email protected]

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