Eastern Coalfields Ltd (ECL) the West Bengal-located coal-producing subsidiary of Coal India Ltd, commissioned a 250-kW rooftop solar power project ramping up its total installed solar roof top capacity to 692 kW. said the company statement.
The implemented through the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the newly installed 250 kW plant set up at ECL’s headquarters in Sanctoria for captive consumption, has an average generation of 3.65 lakh units per annum.
Cost of the project is Rs 65 lakh and is sufficient to meet 12 % of the entire average annual power consumption of ECL’s headquarters which is 30 lakh units.
The previously installed 442 kW capacity rooftop solar power projects are spread across ECL for consumption in hospitals, area offices and guest houses.
With the recent installation, ECL’s total solar generation has now reached to 10.10 lakh units.
ECL Chairman and Managing Director Prem Sagar Mishra inaugurated the project, along with the directors of the company.
Solar power generation lists high on priority of CIL’s diversification portfolio where the company would be infusing much of its own investment.
CIL is serious in its intent to pursue solar power generation as an alternative green energy source and has laid out plans to install 3,000 MW solar power by 2024.
The company is developing necessary in-house expertise and has created a team of competent officers for its solar power initiatives.