India’s coal sector aims to ramp up renewable energy capacity to over 9 GW by 2030


India’s coal sector aims to ramp up renewable energy capacity to over 9 GW by the year 2030. Presently, the combined solar capacity installed by leading coal companies, including Coal India Ltd, NLC India Ltd, and SCCL, stands at around 1.7 GW, supplemented by an additional 51 MW from wind mills.

The Ministry of Coal has set ambitious net-zero electricity consumption plan for state-owned coal/lignite companies. It is actively promoting the deployment of both rooftop solar and ground-mounted solar projects across mining facilities.

Furthermore, innovative plans are underway to develop solar parks within the reclaimed mining areas as well as other suitable lands, leveraging underutilized land resources for sustainable energy generation. This strategic initiative is aligned with the government’s updated NDC target to achieve 50% cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030.

To minimize the carbon footprints of mining, the Ministry of Coal has issued directives to coal companies to accelerate the adoption of solar energy solutions. This includes the installation of rooftop solar panels on all government buildings and the establishment of solar projects in de-coaled areas and other suitable lands, effectively harnessing solar potential in previously utilized spaces.


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