ANERT Launches Ambitious Project to Make Thiruvananthapuram India’s Largest Solar City

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The Kerala government has launched an ambitious initiative to transform every rooftop into a solar energy-producing station, with the aim of becoming one of the largest “solar cities” in India.


The state government’s Agency for New and Renewable Energy Research and Technology (ANERT) inaugurated a three-day expo where the public can explore and purchase various solar energy systems. The project aligns with the central government’s Smart City Mission, initiated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

ANERT Director Narendra Nath Velluri stated that the solar city project intends to fulfill the city’s entire power requirements through renewable energy sources.
Thiruvananthapuram has identified the potential for generating 800 MW of solar energy, with three lakh buildings suitable for solar panel installations. Solar panel installations have already commenced in 600 government buildings, and the remaining government buildings will be commissioned within the next few months.


Additionally, if private buildings participate in the initiative, an estimated 700 MW of solar energy could be produced. The project offers incentives such as government subsidies and interest rate reductions on bank loans to encourage renewable energy adoption.

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Thiruvananthapuram aims to be a pioneer in large-scale solar energy implementation, alongside Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

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