The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is implementing a programme on ‘Development of Solar Cities’. This was stated by Shri. Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy in a written reply to a question in the Lok Sabha today. 60 existing cities are planned to be developed as solar cities. 55 solar cities have already been taken up so far. The State/UT-wise list of the Cities identified for developing as Solar Cities is given below:-
List of Solar Cities proposed, State/UT-wise
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The Minister further said that MNRE is implementing Information and Public Awareness Programme to create publicity about technological developments, benefits of systems and devices and to disseminate information about the fiscal and financial incentives available for renewable energy including solar energy in Hindi, English and regional languages through print, electronic and outdoor media. Besides, awareness through organizing conferences, workshops, trainings, etc are being conducted regularly, the Minister added.