“I’ve been very passionate about renewable energy for many years, particularly solar energy and its capacity to bring abundant clean, sustainable energy to millions around the globe.”

            -Richard Branson

Reports from the most recent week show that Diu has turned into the main Union Territory in India to be 100 percent solar powered. In only three years, 13 MW of solar power capacity was installed – about double of the zone’s pinnacle power request. The territory’s 22,000 residents are getting a charge out of the economic favorable circumstances of this improvement – and are also hoping that it would make them a better candidate for India’s Smart Cities Mission.

 India’s urban renewal project is choosing 100 urban areas crosswise over India for the redevelopment of their whole urban ecosystem, making enhanced institutional, physical, social, and economic infrastructure. An essential part of this activity lies in the opportunity to reconsider and change how India’s urban areas are run. The development and deployment of renewable energy capacity in India’s urban cities are, therefore, of critical importance.

India’s Smart Cities Mission

Solar is the most accessible type of renewable energy crosswise over India, with more than 300 sunny days consistently. The potential for solar energy generation, particularly given India’s helpful geographical position, is unbelievable. For examination, California – 1/8th the size of India – consumes almost 3 Quadrillion BTUs every year, and met 49.95 percent of this demand simply through solar energy in the early part of March this year. California is less helpful geographically to the generation of solar energy than India is, due to India’s favorable latitudes that place it firmly astride the Tropic of Cancer.

At the recent inaugural ISA summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set a target of achieving 100 GW (gigawatt) of solar power by 2022, out of the total 175 GW the country plans to produce from renewable sources. With peak electricity demand in India rising each year and a substantial proportion of its population still awaiting reliable access to energy, smarter and more livable cities must articulate strategies for efficient power generation.

The future of India’s Smart Cities and solar power

Indian Government’s guidelines for Smart Cities require that at least 10 percent of the city’s energy requirement should be met by solar power. As the development of India’s renewed smart cities speeds up, so will their energy requirement – and, consequently, the development of solar power capacity in these cities, also.

As long as the Government keeps and upholds the guideline and dynamically supports private and public initiatives in the realm of solar energy, there is no reason why all of India’s smart cities cannot be like Diu. The country’s new urban landscapes are looking to be driven by the power of the sun.