India’s MNRE to create 60 “solar cities”

- Advertisement -

It is reported in the press that India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has proposed plans to turn 60 Indian cities into so-called “solar cities”. The region of Tripura, in north east India, located next door to Bangladesh, has been selected as a pilot to this scheme with an investment of Rs.452.32 crore, according to a ministry official. The MNRE is expected to bear 90% of the cost and the remaining would be shouldered by the Tripura government.

Solar hot water systems would be installed in all hotels, nursing homes, school hostels, government circuit houses and bungalows, hospitals and health centres, tourist lodges, temples and the governor’s residence. The city’s street lights and other lights in public places would also be operated on solar energy.

“Agartala city would be the first ‘solar city’ in northeast India within the next few years,” Tripura’s urban development minister Manik Dey said after inaugurating a 50kW solar power plant at the Agartala Municipal Council head office, as per the report.

- Advertisement -

According to the report, he continued, “Solar power is the sustainable and viable energy for both cities and remote areas. Electricity crisis would not be solved in the country unless we use non-conventional energy like solar power in a big way.”

“The Tripura Renewable Energy Development Authority (TREDA) and urban development department, in association with MNRE, would implement the ambitious scheme,” an MNRE official added.

“Theft of battery and solar panel is a major problem facing the authorities in implementing the solar electrification programme,” Tripura’s science, technology and environment minister Joy Gobinda Debroy said.

According to Debroy, through the TREDA, 80,000 solar lanterns have been distributed among poor people residing in urban as well as rural areas in Tripura. Over 66,000 small and medium hot water plants have been installed across Tripura.

The minister said 700 hamlets and 50 villages in remote areas have already been provided solar energy, benefiting more than 35,000 families.

Of India’s 60 proposed solar cities, eight cities have been identified in the north eastern region by MNRE. The cities include Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh, Agartala in Tripura, Guwahati and Jorhat in Assam, Aizawl in Mizoram, Imphal in Manipur and Kohima and Dimapur in Nagaland.

- Advertisement -

Related Artcles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Buzz

Intel, Digital India, CPU

Intel Reports Loss Of $664 Million For Q4

0
The Wall Street stock came tumbling down after the Intel forecast suggested a loss for the next quarter as well. Intel Corp missed the earnings...

STMicroelectronics Tops Estimates With 24.4% YoY Increase in Q4 Revenue

0
STMicroelectronics' upbeat earnings resulted in a 9% jump in shares leading to a 52-week high of 43.10 euros on the EPA exchange. Semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics...

Otodata to Use Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator; Aims For Global Expansion

0
Otodata is working with Ericsson and Bell to embed SIM cards into its devices, allowing them to work on the public cellular network ...

Exclusive

Otodata to Use Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator; Aims For Global Expansion

0
Otodata is working with Ericsson and Bell to embed SIM cards into its devices, allowing them to work on the public cellular network ...

Morse Micro & Chicony to Launch Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow IoT Security Cameras

0
The HaLow cameras propose to support both indoor and outdoor environments, allowing users to monitor entire locations without the need for cabling or Wi-Fi...

Rivian & Clearloop to Charge EVs With Carbon-Free Renewables

0
Rivian’s Clearloop-supported new Waypoints electric vehicle charging site, with its industry-standard J1772 plug, was inaugurated in Paris Carbon solutions platform Clearloop and US-based all-electric trucks,...

Important Sectors

Intel, Digital India, CPU

Intel Reports Loss Of $664 Million For Q4

0
The Wall Street stock came tumbling down after the Intel forecast suggested a loss for the next quarter as well. Intel Corp missed the earnings...

STMicroelectronics Tops Estimates With 24.4% YoY Increase in Q4 Revenue

0
STMicroelectronics' upbeat earnings resulted in a 9% jump in shares leading to a 52-week high of 43.10 euros on the EPA exchange. Semiconductor manufacturer STMicroelectronics...

Otodata to Use Ericsson’s IoT Accelerator; Aims For Global Expansion

0
Otodata is working with Ericsson and Bell to embed SIM cards into its devices, allowing them to work on the public cellular network ...

Morse Micro & Chicony to Launch Wi-Fi CERTIFIED HaLow IoT Security Cameras

0
The HaLow cameras propose to support both indoor and outdoor environments, allowing users to monitor entire locations without the need for cabling or Wi-Fi...

North India’s Largest Floating Solar Project Set Up in Chandigarh

0
Chandigarh Renewable Energy and Science & Technology Promotion Society undertook the two projects to generate over 35 Lac kWh of solar energy per year In...

Manufacturing

Australia

Tesla To Invest $3.6B In Nevada Gigafactory

0
The latest investment by Tesla comes at a time when US automakers are heavily investing in electric vehicles and batteries. Tesla said that it would...
Piyush Goel

Apple To Raise India Production to 25%, Says Piyush Goyal

0
Apple currently manufactures iPhone 11, 12, 13 and 14 models at the Foxconn facility while iPhone SE and iPhone 12 are assembled at the...

Global Connector Maker Bel Fuse Appoints New Global Head of People

0
Bel Fuse said that the newly created position would empower the global connector maker in its cultural transformation journey.  Global connector manufacturer Bel Fuse Inc....

Gogoro, Belrise form $2.5B JV with Maharashtra for EV charging stations

0
The equal stakes partnership will form an infrastructure company that owns battery swapping and EV charging stations across the state of Maharashtra. The state government...

Aries, Emdalo Team Up To Develop RISC-V FPGA Module

0
Aries will incorporate PolarFire FPGA architecture for its two M100PF and M100PFS system-on-modules (SoM).  Germany-based Aries Embedded has partnered with Emdalo Technologies to develop embedded...