India Will Have Another Solar City

By admin • September 9th, 2010

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The Indian district of Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh is set to be one of the 60 cities in the country that would be considered a solar city, within the next five years.

The project has been allocated over Rs 30 crore with each city getting Rs 50 lakh each, is part of the 11th Plan. The plan was designed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), and is aimed at meeting 10% of the energy used through solar power.

Under the plan street lights, energy used for water pumping and supply and maintenance of office lighting would be derived through solar energy which is expected to bring down the civic bodies expenditure by 10%t. The ministry had also directed the solar cities to promote the use of non-conventional energy by private buildings, including apartments where solar energy can be adopted for common lighting and water supply.

In the first phase of the plan Vijayawada, Agra, Muradabad, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Nagpur, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Thane, Indore, Imphal, Kohima, Kalyan-Dombiwali, Dehradun, and Coimbatore would be covered. These cities have been asked to submit a project implementation reports.

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