In February 2009, MNRE announced a scheme on ‘Development of Solar Cities to promote the usage of Renewable Energy in urban areas by providing support to Municipal Corporations for the preparation and implementation of a road map to develop their cities as Solar Cities. An indicative target of 60 cities/towns, with at
least one in each State, has been set for the 11th Plan period (2007-2012). In a major development under this scheme, the Government of Andhra Pradesh has recently (December 2009) announced the development of a solar farm cluster called Solar City on a 10,000 acre land at Kadiri in Anantapur district. Solar City is expected to attract investments worth Rs. 3,000 Cr in the first phase. Four firms – Sunborne, Lanco Solar,
AES Solar and Titan Energy – have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the state to set up establishment in Solar City. These companies will be the anchor units in Solar City and have a proposed combined capacity of 2,000 MW.