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Neyveli Lignite plans to set up 4,000 mw solar power plants

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Neyveli Lignite Corporaration (NLC) is planning to establish 4000 mw of solar power projects in southern states, in line with the National Solar Mission announced by the Centre, said B Surender Mohan, CMD of the company on Monday.

He said this while inaugurating the 10 mw solar power project at Neyveli, the first renewal energy project of the company. NLC is now operating thermal power Stations of 4240 mw capacity in Neyveli, Barsingsar in Rajasthan State and Thoothukudi. 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.

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To start with, the company has established a 10 MW solar photo volatic project at Neyveli, at a cost of Rs 74.60 crore.

Bharat Heavy Electricals (Bhel), 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 one year.

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. The power generated from this plant will be 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 (TANGEDCOTamil Nadu General and Distribution Corporation an electrical power generation and distribution public sector undertaking that is owned by the Government of Tamil Nadu. It was formed on 1 November 2010 under section 131 of the Electricity Act of 2003,... More) – the sole beneficiary.

According to Mohan, the projected power generation of this project in 1st year is 164 lakh units. Till date, the project has generated 8.65 lakh units of electricity during the trial-run period. Source– Business Standard, The Financial Express

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