NLC Join Hands With Coal India For Stepping Up Solar Power Generation
NLC India Limited (NLCIL), Neyveli and Coal India Limited (CIL), Kolkatta have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), in CIL Headquarters at Kolkatta for the formation of Joint Venture Company for setting up Solar Power Projects of 3000 MW and Thermal Power Projects of 2000 MW.
CIL is tasked to become a Net Zero energy company by the Union Ministry of Coal, a move which entails the company to generate 3,000 MW of Solar Power. The MoU also extends for 2,000 MW of thermal power generation across CIL's subsidiaries. Solar power projects will be set up In the Identified barren and reclaimed the free land of ClL and also across the country where land is available, requiring around 15,000 acres. The estimated cost for CIL's solar power generation is pegged at Rs.12,000 Crores.
The JV Company to come up on equal equity participation of 50:50 has a time line of 15 months for completion of solar power projects and 60 month period for Thermal Power Projects. The projects will be financed through debt-equity ratio of 70:30 as per the CERC norms. A concept paper has been initiated by both the companies to get clearance from their respective boards.
"This is a synergistic step, combining the resources of both the companies for a common goal. CIL will be riding the core technical expertise of NLCIL in thermal power generation and Solar PV Power", stated an official of CIL.