Coal India to set up 1,190 MW solar project in Rajasthan

Coal India Limited (CIL) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Limited (RRVUNL) for the development of a 1,190 MW solar power project as part of its diversification programme for clean coal energy. The move has been made with an emphasis to produce clean coal and steps are being taken in this direction.

According to Mr Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister for Coal, Mines, and Parliamentary Affairs, 8 million tonne stocks are currently available, and the state government must seek innovative solutions to alleviate transportation bottlenecks. Shri Joshi stated that for coal transportation, the rail cum sea route is now preferred to reduce transportation time. As a result, steps are being taken to address energy concerns by all the states of India.

The proposed project will come up in Rajasthan’s upcoming solar park cleared under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks. It will help in boosting CIL’s pursuit of solar power generation as part of its diversification programme for clean coal energy. The project would begin in a phased manner and is expected to be an employment generator in the state apart from providing cleaner power.

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