New Delhi: The government proposes to
develop 60 solar-powered cities during the 11th Five Year
Plan, the Rajya Sabha was informed today.
"The government has been supporting research and
development for reducing the cost of solar power to make it
competitive to grid power in next 8-10 years through
improvement in performance of existing solar devices," New and
Renewable Energy Minister Farooq Abdullah said.
In a written reply, he said the government has recently
launched the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission with an
aim to create an enabling policy framework for reducing cost
of solar electricity through various measures, including
intense R&D initiatives and setting up of manufacturing
"The Solar Mission envisages setting up of 1000 MW grid
interactive solar power plants, 100 MW rooftop and small power
plants, besides 200 MW off-grid solar applications in the
country by 2013," he said.
Government proposes to develop 60 solar energy cities
during the 11th Five Year Plan without any assistance from any
other country, Abdullah said.
The Minister also said that the National Thermal Power
Corporation has a plan to set up a 150 MW solar thermal power
plant in Rajasthan.