NLC India Ltd, a mining and power production company under India’s Ministry of Coal, has won an 810 MW solar PV project from Rajasthan discom Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Nigam Ltd (RRVUNL).
NLC emerged as the winner of the entire 810 MW capacity tendered by RRVUNL in December 2022. The project will come up at RRVUNL’s 2 GW Ultra Mega Solar Park at Pugal tehsil in the Bikaner district of Rajasthan. The Letter of Intent for this project has been issued by RRVUNL.
The land for the project and the power evacuation system connected to the State Transmission Utility will be provided by RRVUNL, leading to faster completion of the project.
NLC stated this capacity in Rajasthan is the largest renewable project to be developed by the company. With this project, its power project capacity in Rajasthan will reach 1.36 GW, including 1.1 GW of green power.
“Considering the good solar radiation in Rajasthan, a higher capacity utilization factor (CUF) for the project is possible and [the project is expected to] generate green power of more than 50 billion units and offset more than 50,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions during its lifetime,” stated NLC.
Currently, NLC is establishing a 50 MW solar project at mined-out land, 200 MW solar project under CPSU scheme on pan-India basis, 300 MW solar project under CPSU Scheme at Barsingsar, Bikaner District, and 600 MW solar project at Khavda in Bhuj District of Gujarat.
Prasanna Kumar Motupalli, chairman and managing director of NLC, said that NLC was the first CPSU to install 1 GW of RE capacity. NLC is currently developing 2 GW of RE capacity (including the latest addition) across India and targets to reach more than 6 GW RE capacity by 2030.
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