Coal India to set up 600 MW solar plants in 4 states

New Delhi: State-run mining major Coal India
will develop solar power plants of 600 MW capacity in four
states, including West Bengal and Maharashtra, under the
second phase of its plan to set up a total 1,000 MW green
energy plants.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has already
floated tenders for development of solar capacity in the
second phase.

Coal India has signed an agreement with SECI for setting
up of solar power plants of total 1000 MW capacity in
different parts of the country.
"In the first phase, CIL is going to set up 2x100 MW
solar power plants in the state of Madhya Pradesh. In the
second phase CIL is going to develop a capacity of 600 MW in
the solar parks of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal
and Maharashtra for which NIT has already been floated by
SECI," the coal major said in its annual report.

To promote green initiatives of the government, CIL has
submitted Green Energy Commitment letter to Ministry of
New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) for developing 1000 MW solar
power projects during 2014-19, it said.

CIL's initiatives has resulted in installation of 2.0
MW capacity, 0.19 MW capacity, and 0.14 MW solar PV power
plants in MCL (Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd)--a CIL arm, Burla,
CMPDIL, Ranchi and CIL HQ at Kolkata respectively, it added.