The Coal India Limited arm plans a 40MW ground-mounted, grid-connected solar power plant initially as it eyes an overall 142 MW PV capacity in three years.
The 1,800-kilometer link connecting Raigarh in Chhattisgarh to Pugalur in Tamil Nadu can deliver 6 GW. Power can be transmitted in either direction, depending on demand.
The Chattisgarh-headquartered integrated steel manufacturer will set up a solar power plant of 250 MW capacity in the Raigarh district. The electricity generated from the plant shall be utilized for the enhanced billet capacity at the company’s existing factory in the Raipur district.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India has issued amendments to the procurement and extended the bidding deadline a second time.
Bidders now have until November 27 to submit bids for developing the ground-mounted, grid-connected project in turnkey mode.
The ground-mounted, grid-connected project—to be developed in turnkey mode—shall be awarded through international competitive bidding followed by reverse auction. Bidding closes on October 27.
The land required to meet India’s 2022 renewable energy target ranges from approximately 55,000 to 125,000 km2, or areas roughly the size of Himachal Pradesh or Chhattisgarh, respectively. This much land is likely to impact 6700–11,900 km2 of forest land and 24,100–55,700 km2 of agricultural land. The good news is that India’s already degraded lands have the potential of 1789 GW, which is more than ten times the 175 GW target.
Domestic bids are invited to provide operations and maintenance services for the solar plant at NTPC Rajgarh. Bidding closes on January 30. Techno-commercial bids will open on February 8.
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