NLC commissions 95 MW solar capacity in Tamil Nadu

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State-owned power generator NLC India has commissioned 95 MW capacity out of the 109 MW solar PV power plant in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. The plant—located at Avathandai, Veppankulam, M. Pudukulam and Kadamangalam villages in Kadaladi Taluk—is part of 709 MW solar power projects awarded by state utility Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO).

With this addition, the total installed renewable energy capacity of NLC India has exceeded 1 GW.

In August NLC India—formerly the Neyveli Lignite Corporation—commenced commercial operation of a 100 MW solar power plant in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu. The project is located at Maranthai and Pudur Villages, with TANGEDCO as the beneficiary.

As of March, NLC India Ltd had an installed power capacity of 4784.50 MW across India, of which 3890 MW thermal power and 642 MW of renewable power projects (591 MW of solar and 51 MW of wind power) were in Tamil Nadu.

Earlier this year, the state-owned power generator signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Tamil Nadu to set up a 1 GW solar project in the state.

Under the agreement, Tamil Nadu will provide facilitation and support to NLC India in the form of infrastructure for setting up the projects.

NLC has also lined up projects including wind and solar plants across the nation. It wants to increase its installed solar capacity to 4 GW by the 2022 financial year. Of that figure, NLC plans to implement 2,651 MW of solar in Andhra PradeshMadhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, with commercial date of operation projected as March 2022.