The Indian government is planning to develop 60 solar cities through renewable energy installations to reduce usage of conventional energy sources by around 10%.

A total of 60 cities are proposed to be developed as solar cities at the 11th Plan period, including two model cities. The New and Renewable Energy Minister, Farooq Abdullah, said that the ministry is providing financial support of up to INR5m for each solar city to the respective state governments.

“The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy is implementing a programme to develop solar cities aimed at reducing a minimum of 10% of the projected demand of conventional energy through energy efficiency measures and renewable energy installations, the government said in a statement.