ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability
Development of Solar Cities – A Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) Govt. of India Programme
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Govt. of India has sanctioned the Solar Cities programme under their  11th Five Year Plan with an objective to help Urban Local Bodies guide their cities towards becoming “Solar Cities”.

About 60 cities and towns across India have been selected for the programme. Considering  ICLEI South Asia’s extensive and on-the-ground experience in working with cities at the local level on energy, climate change and environmental sustainability, the organisation serves as a consultant for the government and prepares Master Plans for cities in the region.   

Two cities, Nagpur and Chandigarh, have been proposed to be developed as “Model Solar Cities”, so as to set an example for other cities to follow.  Financial support of up to Rs 95 million will be provided to each Model Solar City for the implementation of their master plan.

ICLEI South Asia is in the process of preparing master plans for 12 cities – namely Agra, Bhubaneswar, Nagpur, Kalyan-Dombivli, Imphal, Kohima, Thane, Gurgaon, Rajkot, Aizawl, Coimbatore and Chamoli Gopeshwar – and of these, has finalised and submitted five.