Coal India plans a 100 MW solar project in Chhattisgarh

Coal India Limited (CIL) has issued an expression of interest to set up a 100 MW solar pilot project in Chhattisgarh for captive consumption. The solar project will cater to the green energy requirements of its subsidiary, South Eastern Coalfields Limited which consumes about 850 million units of power a month. The proposed project will be set up in the Capex model, where CIL will bear all the capital expenses involved in setting up the project. Along with the installation of the solar project, the successful bidder will also be asked to provide operations and maintenance services for 25 years.

In October 2019, The Chhattisgarh State Electricity Regulatory Commission has approved the regulations for distributed renewable energy projects. These regulations will apply to prosumer distributed renewable energy systems owned by a prosumer or a third party. As per the regulations, a portion of distributed renewable energy generation will be accounted for by the discom towards its renewable purchase obligation compliance. Also, the discom will be required to procure any excess energy generated by the prosumer at the end of the settlement period. This will be done at the lowest rooftop solar tariff discovered through competitive bidding undertaken by the discom in the past financial year.

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