Coal India, a state owned coal mining corporate, is going to develop solar power plants of 800 MW capacity in four states. Later on, its plan is to set up a total 1,000 MW green energy plants.
“In the first phase, CIL is going to set up 2×100 MW solar power plants in the state of Madhya Pradesh. In the second phase CIL is going to develop a capacity of 600 MW in the solar parks of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal and Maharashtra for which NIT has already been floated by SECI,” the coal major said in its annual report.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has already floated tenders for development of solar capacity in the second phase. Coal India has signed an agreement with SECI for setting up of solar power plants of total 1000 MW capacity in different parts of the country.
In continuation to this, CIL has submitted Green Energy Commitment letter to the ministry of new and renewable energy (MNRE) for developing 1000 MW across India solar power projects between 2014 and 2019, it said.
CIL has solar PV installation capacity of 2.0 MW, 0.19 MW, and 0.14 MW in MCL (Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd)—a CIL arm, Burla, CMPDIL, Ranchi and CIL HQ at Kolkata respectively, it added.