South Eastern Coalfields targets 142 MW solar in three years


South Eastern Coalfields Limited, the largest coal-producing subsidiary of Coal India Limited (CIL), plans to invest in a cumulative solar capacity of 142 MW in the next three years. To begin with, it will install a 40MW ground-mounted, grid-connected solar power plant at its Bhatgaon and Bishrampur operating sites in Chhattisgarh. 

The project will be executed through Coal Lignite Urja Vikas Pvt Ltd (CLUVPL), a joint venture of CIL and NLC India. The work was awarded to CLUVPL based on its detailed project report and project management consultancy offer. 

The total cost of the project is estimated at INR 148.60 crore. 

“Under the scope of work, CLUVPL shall provide project report, facilitate tendering work, and also assist South Eastern Coalfields Limited in getting project approval, permits, and related works. The work order mandates that site study, testing, and commissioning should be completed within nine months.” 

Both the solar sites are expected to result in total energy bill savings of INR 40.75 crore annually.

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