NLC completes 709 MW solar for Tamil Nadu utility

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State-owned power generator NLC India has successfully commissioned 351 MW of solar power projects in the districts of Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Virudhunagar and Ramanathapuram. With this, it has completed the entire 709 MW solar power projects awarded by state-run utility Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation in the State of Tamil Nadu, and increased its overall solar power generation capacity to 1350 MW.

Earlier this month, the state-owned power generator had informed commissioning of 95 MW capacity out of the 109 MW solar PV power plant in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu. The plant is located at Avathandai, Veppankulam, M. Pudukulam and Kadamangalam villages in Kadaladi Taluk.

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.