PUDUCHERRY: A total of 55 cities in 27 States/UTs is being developed as solar cities in the country under ‘Development of Solar Cities programme’.
The Union Territory of Puducherry also figures in the list, as was recently announced by Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy, in the Lok Sabha.
The proposal forwarded by the government of Puducherry has been approved by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Sources (MNRE) and UT is also included in the ‘Solar City’ programme.
The Solar City project aims at reducing demand for conventional energy by a minimum of 20 per cent by 2025, by enhancing supply from renewable energy sources in the city and through energy efficiency measures.
The Solar City aims at minimum 10 per cent 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.
Basic aim is to motivate the local governments for adopting renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures.