India to develop 60 'solar cities' to meet energy demand
Solar is making strides as a clean energy source for buildings and neighborhoods. Now, India wants to harness the sun on a larger scale. The International Business Times reports that the Indian government plans to develop 60 “solar cities” nationwide. Forty-five have received government approvals and 36 have adopted master plans.
According to India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the initiative is a response to accelerating electricity demand. Solar cities would aim for at least a 10 percent reduction in the use of “conventional” energy sources in five years. Participating cities would receive financial and technical assistance.
Despite the name, solar cities are encouraged to also use wind, biomass, hydropower and other renewables. The World Bank concludes in a recent report that India is poised to become a global solar energy power. Asia’s largest solar park is located in the Indian state of Gujarat, the article notes.