In this regard, the government has identified some cities that fulfil the requirements as per the standards and criteria set forth. These are Agra, Moradabad, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Surat, Nagpur, Kalyan-Dombiwali, Thane, Nanded, Aurangabad, Indore, Gwalior, Bhopal, Imphal, Kohima, Dimapur, Dehradun, Haridwar-Rishikesh, Chamoli-Gopeshwar, Chandigarh, Gurgaon, Faridabad, Coimbatore, Vijaywada, Bilaspur, Raipur, Agartala, Guwahati, Jorhat, Hubli, Maysore, Thiruvananthapuram, Amritsar, Ludhiana, Ajmer, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Bhubaneswar, , Aizawl, Panji City & Environs, Itanagar, Hamirpur, Shimla, Kochi, Howrah, Rewa, Shirdi and SAS Nagar Mohali.
These cities need to take the following initiatives to create a solar environment:
- Create Solar City Cells
- Constitute a Solar City Stakeholders Committee
- Promote green city culture and green buildings outlook for commercial spaces
- Provide an ecosystem of solar water heating system and tax holidays for users in institutional and domestic sectors
- Comply with Ministry of Environment rules as a civic administration
- Organise fast-paced publicity, training and business meets among various stakeholders within the city, activate RWAs and municipal bodies, and involve private-public partnership in terms of meeting the solar city objective
- Generate necessary funds from state governments and funding partners to meet the regulatory expenses with initial funding coming in through central institutions.
These are great days for solar-powered energy systems. The fundamental steps taken by the government show its commitment towards making a change in the ecosystem and reducing the over-dependence on conventional energy forms. As an entrepreneur, what do you expect going forth?
As leading British architect Sir Norman Foster says, “Solar is not about Fashion, but it’s about survival.” So I would like to leave you with the thought “Has our country realised the power of resources or it’s yet to reach the full circle?”