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NLC India to Expand Renewable Generation, Targets 6,031 MW by 2030

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NLC India Limited (NLCIL), formerly Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited, operates as a profit making Navratna Government of India (GoI) Enterprise, functioning under the administrative control of Ministry of Coal. NLCIL organises its businesses under Mining (Lignite and Coal), Power Generation (including thermal, solar and wind) and Power Trading. NLCIL serves as an important source of power generation to the states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Rajasthan, and Union Territory of Puducherry.

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NLCIL has 1,421 MW of renewable energy installed capacity, including solar power plants aggregating 1,370 MW and wind power plant of 51 MW.

In its executive summary, the company said that, it is important for NLCIL to continue its foray into setting up of large-scale renewable energy projects. This will ensure risk diversification from thermalsector. UltraMega solar projects as well as setting up of solar projects on de-coaledmines are the areas that need to be prioritised. For ultra-mega solar projects, NLCIL may explore the option of scheduling of renewable power with thermal power to take care of intermittency issues and realise consistent tariffs. Total renewable capacity of NLCIL would reach 6,031 MW by 2030 with the implementation of proposed projects. NLCIL would also reap geographical benefit since most of the projects are planned in Tamil Nadu only, which is now witnessing strong industrial growth.

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According to the summary, the company has estimated that the capital expenditures for the planned renewable energy projects will be around Rs 23403 crore. NLC India plans to build a 150 MW wind-solar hybrid pan India project. Further it said that, to utilise the power generated from RE projects and considering the demand & growth of hydrogen requirement in future, NLCIL planned to produce Green Hydrogen by using the RE power generated.

For the construction of a 300 MW grid-connected solar power plant in Barsingsar, Rajasthan, NLC India had recently issued an invitation for bids. Bidders will be given 15 months from the grant date to commission the complete project’s capacity.

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