Originally published on CleanTechies.
The world’s largest coal mining company (and government owned) Coal India Limited recently announced the second phase of its solar energy expansion plan.
According to media reports, the company announced plans to set up 600 MW of solar projects across four states. The company had earlier stated plans to set up 1 GW of solar capacity across the country. During the first phase the company will set up two solar projects of 100 MW capacity each in the state of Madhya Pradesh.
The 600 MW of capacity will be set up in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, and Maharashtra. The capacity will be allocated through reverse auctions, and tenders have already been issued by the Solar Energy Corporation of India.
The 1,000 MW solar power target announced by Coal India is part of its ’green commitment’ to the government. The company will have this capacity operational by 2019.
Another major coal mining company in India, NLC Limited, is also aggressively working on setting up solar projects. Last month, the company announced that it started construction work on its third solar power project.
The construction of this project is part of the company’s ambitious plan to establish 4,000 MW of solar capacity in the states of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, and Rajasthan. These projects would be implemented under the National Solar Mission scheme announced by the central government.
Reprinted with permission.