Thane in Mumbai, Maharashtra was named as the National Earth Hour Capital 2015 on 9 April 2015. It was named so after it emerged as winner among the three finalists from India viz., Thane, Rajkot and Pune, in the Earth Hour City Challenge (EHCC) 2015 conducted by World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
For its city mobility plan and solar and waste-to-energy initiatives, Pune received a special mention from the jury. Rajkot was felicitated for the city’s performance in the field of renewable energy.
Actions of Thane city administration that helped Thane to be named as the National Earth Hour Capital 2015 includes
• Mandatory use of solar water-heating systems for municipal buildings
• Solutions such as wind-solar hybrid systems
• Use of solar energy for lighting and air-conditioning
• Cities plan for solar rooftop net metering-based power generation and regular energy audits
• Energy Service Company (ESCO) project like
a) Energy-efficient street lighting
b) Commissioning of a bio-methanation plant to treat municipal solid waste and generate electricity
c) Three cyclic switching units for optimal use of streetlights
The 2015 Earth Hour Challenge saw the participation of thirteen Indian cities.
In 2014, Coimbatore was selected as the National Earth Hour Capital.