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Published on February 18th, 2016 | by Saurabh Mahapatra


Indian Power Company To Replace Planned Coal-Based Power Plant With 200 MW Solar Power Plant

February 18th, 2016 by  

As private sector power companies in India continue their struggle to implement new thermal power projects, some are now looking to take advantage of the government’s thrust towards solar power projects.

RattanIndia Power is reportedly planning to use 324 hectares of land in the northern state of Punhjab originally earmarked for a coal-based power plant to set up a 200 MW solar power plant. 

The company has dropped plans for the coal-based power plant after it failed to receive assurance of domestic coal supply. The issue of consistent fuel supply has dogged Indian thermal power plants for years and importing coal from other countries has not solved the problem either.

According to media reports, RattanIndia Power is now planning to get the required clearances from the state government to set up the solar power project on the land initially earmarked for a thermal power plant. Officials of the company, however, did not explicitly state how the company will go about setting up the solar power project – either through a direct agreement with the state government or by participating in solar power auctions.

RattanIndia Power, formerly Indiabulls Power, has participated in several recent solar power auctions and secured large amounts of utility-scale project capacity. The company won 58 MW solar power capacity through auctions held under the Punjab state solar power policy. A subsidiary of the company, Yarrow Infrastructure, also participated in a recent auction that set a new record-low tariff for solar PV projects in India. Yarrow Infrastructure quoted a price of Rs 4.36/kWh (US¢6.6/kWh), slightly higher than the record-low of Rs 4.34/kWh, to secure 70 MW capacity in the state of Rajasthan.

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  • JamesWimberley

    This has already been reported here, but India’s coal policy is so important globally that I’m not complaining. When the companies that would build new coal plants are turning away – the bigger non-news is the persistent failure of Adani, Tata and Reliance to break ground on the UMPPs for which they hold permits – and the Minister tweets that solar can meet coal’s price, a massive reset of the unrealistic coal expansion plans is inevitable.

    • Pawan Sharma

      Not just coal but even nuclear is going to end up as a collateral damage of Solar expansion. As I have argued earlier, India has barely enough capacity to meet electricity demand in the night and has under capacity during day time leading to lots of blackouts. Solar is sweetly positioned to take care of this diurnal gap. Unlike Americans we do not have to worry about base load and peaker plants unless we reach more than 100 Gigawatts of Solar capacity.

      • Frank

        That is GREAT to hear. That is like gravity. A constant tug pulling it in the right direction. Solar has another great advantage in this scenario. It’s much faster to install. Indians probably don’t like waiting any more than the rest of us. 😉

        It can be built smaller(less money needed), more spread out(less transmission needed). Doesn’t pollute, don’t need water, don’t need to worry about Indonesia jacking up the price of coal. And the more India installs, the cheaper it gets.

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