Jaipur has bagged the third position in the list of the world’s top 10 Smart Renewable Cities (SRCs), with Bengaluru being ranked sixth. While America’s San Diego topped the list, Paris was ranked at the bottom.
“Jaipur is a nationally-driven SRC. India’s national government created a 100 Smart Cities Mission that included a solar energy requirement. Jaipur does not have a renewable target but will benefit from ambitious state and national targets set this year,” stated the Global Renewable Energy Trends report, which was conducted by the accounting and consultancy firm, Deloitte. According to the report, rooftop solar powering of infrastructure, beginning with eight metro stations that would be entirely solar-powered during the day was Jaipur’s key SRC initiative.
Bearing a population of 3 million, Jaipur generates 30% of its annual electricity through solar and wind as compared to Bengaluru’s 10% share for a population of 11 million.
Cities with solar and wind power and a smart city plan that includes renewable energy component falls under the category of Smart Renewable Cities. With over a million people by their share of power generation from wind and solar, San Diego was a global leader. The report said, “Solar and wind already account for over a third of its electricity mix and the city has a 100 per cent renewables target by 2035. San Diego is also a locally-driven SRC, while the US government is stepping back from climate commitments; the city has vowed to continue its deployment of renewables.”