According to reports, moving ahead with its new mantra of going green, Surat Municipal Corporation (SMC) has decided to set up another wind power plant by 2014. The plant will be built at a cost of about Rs 54 crore to produce 6 MW of power. This will suffice its needs for running Sarthana and Rander water works and will save the SMC electricity bills of about Rs 7.5 crore annually.
Chairman of light and fire committee of the SMC G C Gopani said, “It is our commitment to be self-sufficient in the field of power by adopting non-conventional sources of energy and we have taken one more step towards it.”
SMC already has a 3 MW wind power plant commissioned at Adodar in Porbandar. Another one with a capacity of 8.4 MW is on the verge of completion at Bhanwad and is expected to be commissioned next month. It also has a 3.5 MW bio-gas power plant and a small solar power plant.
The civic body is also setting up a plant where power would be generated from solid waste. This plant would produce 16.25 MW of power, nearly 50 per cent of SMC’s requirement. It is expected to be functional by March 2014.
At present SMC pays around Rs 105 crore as its electricity bills. It is estimated that once all these five plants are operational, it will become self-sufficient.
“By using green energy, we would go a long way in making our city sustainable and environment friendly,” city engineer Jatin Shah said. SMC is the first civic body in the country that has taken a lead in producing its own energy from green sources.