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Neyveli Lignite to set up 4,000 MW of solar plants

Plans to set up the plants in Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry, Karnataka, Kerala, Telungana and Rajasthan

BS Reporter  |  Chennai 

Neyveli Lignite to set up 4,000 MW of solar plants
Neyveli Lignite Corporation Limited (NLC), which comes under Ministry of Coal, to set up solar power plants to produce 4000 mega watt (MW) of power. Going by the current value (Rs 7-7.5 crore a MW for setting solar based power plant) the whole project will attract investment to the tune of Rs 28,000-30,000 crore.

After inaugurating NLC's new 10 MW Solar Power Project at Neyveli, B Surender Mohan, chairman and managing director NLC in line with the National Solar Mission announced by the Government of India the proposed projects will come at Tamilnadu, Pondicherry, Karnataka, Kerala, Telungana and Rajasthan.

The company will be participating in the Solar Power Parks, announced by the State Governments. These projects will be implemented based on land availability and techno economic viability of the project.

To start with, he said, land has been identified in Neyveli Township for the installation of 130 MW Solar Power Project. Apart from that, the company has taken a decision for setting up 25 MW Solar Power Project in Barsingsar, Rajasthan at a cost of Rs 167.29 crore.

NLC is now operating, Thermal Power Stations of 4240 MW capacity in Neyveli, Barsingsar in Rajasthan State and Thoothukudi. NLC is lignite mining and power generating company.

The company is expanding its power generating capacity by setting up of Coal based Power Station and Renewable Energy Projects like, Wind Mills and Solar Power Plants.

To start with, the company has established a 10 MW Solar Photo Volatic project at Neyveli, at a cost of Rs 74.60 crore. This is the 1st Renewable Energy Project, commissioned by NLC, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited, The Engineering, Procurement and Commissioning Contractor of this project, will operate and maintain the project for a period of 3 years, after the performance guarantee period of 1 year.

Till date, the project has generated 8.65 lakh units of electricity during the trial-run period. The entire power will be fed to Tamilnadu Generation and Distribution Corporation. The power purchase agreement for the project had already been signed.

NLC is setting up 51 MW Wind Power Plant at Kazhuneerkulam Village of Tirunelveli District. Among the 34 units of each 1.5 MW capacity, 9 wind mills have already been commissioned. The balance units are expected to be commissioned, during this year. TANGEDCO is the sole beneficiary for the wind power plant, also.

TANGEDCO came forward to buy the Solar Energy from NLC at the cost of Rs.7.01, the highest price in the country for solar energy, said Mohan.

This power plant installed in an area of 54 acres and 48,000 Solar Photo Voltaic modules (Solar Panels), each with the power generating capacity of 240 Watt are fitted for the project. This Solar Panels are fitted in 2000 Module Mounting Structures, each contains 24 Nos. Solar Panels. Solar PV Modules generate electricity (Direct Current (DC)) on receipt of photons from sun. And was, subsequently, converted into Alternative Current (AC), by special instruments.

The power generated from this plant is evacuated through 33 KV Power Station and transmitted to the Switching Station of Neyveli Thermal Power Station-I and finally fed to the Tamilnadu Generation and Distribution Corporation, the former TNEB. TANGEDCO - the sole beneficiary.

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First Published: Mon, September 28 2015. 16:36 IST