State-run mining major Coal India is planning to develop solar power plants of 600 MW capacity in four states. This will come up 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 1,000 MW capacity in different parts of the country. In the first phase, Coal India is going to set up 2×100 MW solar power plants in the state of Madhya Pradesh. In the second phase, the company will 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. Coal India’s initiatives have resulted in installation of 2.0 MW capacity, 0.19 MW capacity, and 0.14 MW solar PV power plants in Mahanadi Coalfields – Burla, CMPDIL – Ranchi and Coal India headquarter – Kolkata, respectively.