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  1. What is PM Narendra Modi proposing with all-solar power city model

What is PM Narendra Modi proposing with all-solar power city model

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called for the setting up of some model solar cities in the country.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: May 10, 2017 11:09 AM
narendra modi, model solar city, modi solar city, solar energy, pm modi. modi Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the centenary celebrations of Bharat Sevashram Sangha through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called for the setting up of some model solar cities in the country. Modi made this proposal while reviewing the progress of key infrastructure sectors including petroleum and natural gas, power, renewable energy and housing. The meeting was attended by top officials of PMO, NITI Aayog and all infrastructure Ministries of the Government of India.

As per the proposal of the PM, model solar cities would fully powered by solar energy. He also called for making certain localities of the country kerosene-free.

If created, Modi’s model solar city would be the first of its kind in the world, fully dependent on the renewable energy. Such city may inspire other cities of India and the world to make a concerted effort towards increasing their dependence on the green energy.

According to a PMO release, India’s total renewable generation capacity has crossed 57 GigaWatts, with an increase of 24.5% being registered in the last fiscal year. The capacity addition in solar energy in Financial Year 2017 was the highest-ever at 81%. Solar and wind tariffs have now achieved grid parity, with rates well below 4 rupees per Kilowatt-Hour.

To realize the model solar city vision, PM Modi asked officials to give priority to the manufacturing of solar equipment, to drive employment generation, and derive maximum benefit from the renewable energy drive.

PM Modi’s proposal to establish model solar cities is in line with his continued focus on renewable energy. On several occasions in past, PM Modi has talked about India’s high potential in the renewable energy sector and it is his vision to see India as a leader in green energy.

PM Modi has also created the International Solar Alliance and over 20 countries including France and Brazil have joined the initiative and more are expected to join. The initiative provides a platform for 121 expected member countries to join hands and sort out the identified gaps through a common agreed approach to tap solar energy.

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  1. S
    May 11, 2017 at 8:21 pm
    AP's new capital Amaravathi can be developed with this idea of dependence on renewal energy only (Solar , Wind and Hydel). To set an example to the rest of the world.
    1. Rama Krishna
      May 11, 2017 at 1:04 pm
      Really looking forward for this move by PM.. like Haryana govt other states should also roll policies such as making rooftop solar compulsory
      1. S
        May 10, 2017 at 4:18 pm
        Its a wonderful idea & a deeam to come and make GREEN (GREAT) INDIA
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          Manish Agrawal
          May 10, 2017 at 4:17 pm
          It's really good step towards green energy development . But Still the prices of solar products are high . As usual Common man is far away from it's reach. If government realy wants to develop this type of energy production may start by itself.
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            vijay gogate,
            May 10, 2017 at 12:40 pm
            Basically India can produce 60 of its total requirement from Solar as it is Sun is available atleast 8-9 months in a year. Even individual house can produce enough power from solar provided government reduces prices of solar products affordable to very one. One KW production from solar is equal to reduction from coal/hydel generation form of electricity.
            1. Meenakshi Sekar
              May 10, 2017 at 12:11 pm
              very good initiative..
              1. Ram Singh Sachan
                May 10, 2017 at 11:59 am
                A very practical suggestion. At present viable technology exists whereby all domestic needs of cities and villages could be met with appropriate solar energy appliances. Even high energy requiring air conditioners can run , though at present it may may not be as cost effective.But more than ninety percent of domestic needs of lighting, fans and small equipment could be easily met with very cost effective appliances.The scarce thermal and hydroelectric power could be deplo exclusively for the industrial purposes.
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