Surat emerges as leading 'solar smart city' in country
Surat has emerged as the country's leading 'solar smart city' as per Akshay Urja, the bimonthly newsletter of the Ministry of New And Renewable Energy, Government of India. A recent article in Akshay Urja says that Surat is among one of the few cities in India to have met the expectations in the field of renewable energy after the launch of 'Smart Cities Mission' by the government in 2015. The guidelines of the Ministry of Urban Development, which identified 100 smart cities in the country, said at least 10 per cent of the smart city's energy requirement should be met by solar power only. Surat Municipal Corporation had sought out project management consultancy of TERI for carrying out feasibility studies and implementation of solar and energy efficiency projects. TERI estimated that of the rooftop potential of 11,924 MW to be distributed among various smart cities of the country, nearly 418 MW or 3.5 per cent existed in Surat.