Surat: Surat city has got another reason to celebrate as the Surat Municipal Corporation has bagged the excellence award for Rooftop Connected Solar Power. It’s raining awards for SMC as they have by now won the four most prestigious awards for water supply system and consumer satisfaction, water supply GRID networking, French wells for meeting lifeline water supply demand in any eventuality and rooftop grid connected solar plants for municipal services.
KH Khatwani, additional city engineer had earlier said, “We are proud to win seven awards and this has been possible due to the able leadership of municipal commissioner M Thennarasan.”
“The SMC has been doing exemplary work in renewable energy and water supply system for the last couple of years. Compared to other cities, we received maximum rooftops solar plant applications from residents.”
The award and certification ceremony was held yesterday and Surat city is jubilant as its municipality is winning laurels for them. But nothing came in easy, in December last year audio visual clips of solar ambassadors urging the residents to register for the solar rooftop plants had gone viral on social media sites including Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter. These 22 ambassadors were appointed by SMC speaking 22 languages. They were religious, political and business leaders.
Close to 1,266 residents in the city had applied for rooftop solar plant with combined capacity of 3,630 kilowatt. These applications were then sent Gujarat Energy Development Agency (GEDA).