State-owned lignite mining and power generating company Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) intends to develop solar power plants in India with a total capacity of up to 4GW.
Proposed projects by the Indian firm will, however, be dependent on land availability and economic viability of the projects.
The schemes will be spread across the states of Tamil Nadu, Puducherry, Kerala, Telangana and Rajasthan, in the country.
The initiative is in-line with India’s National Solar Mission, which has set a target for deploying 20GW of grid-connected solar power by 2022.
India’s energy plan will lower the cost of solar power generation in the country, in an effort to promote ecologically sustainable growth and resolve its security issues.
NLC has already commissioned a 10MW solar facility at Neyveli in the state of Tamil Nadu, which marks its entry into the power sector.
The small-scale project is equipped with 48,000 solar photovoltaic modules, each having a capacity to generate 240W of renewable energy.
Power output from the project will be sold to Tamil Nadu generation and distribution corporation (Tangedco).
It will be passed to Tangedco via transmission over Neyveli thermal power facility’s switching station.