Coal India Limited (CIL) has instructions from the Government of India to become a net zero company with the help of establishing up to 3 GW of solar power capacity. It has now launched a tender for a 100 MW PV project to meet the energy needs of one of its subsidiaries. (Photo Credit: Coal India Limited)
- The CIL has launched a tender seeking proposals for the development of a 100 MW solar power plant
- The project will generate electricity to serve the green energy requirements of one of its subsidiaries, SECL
- Project must be set up under CAPEX mode with the last date to submit proposals being November 25, 2019
Coal India Limited (CIL), aGovernment of India entity and the single largest coal producer in the world, wants to set up a 100 MW solar PV power project in the state of Chhattisgarh under solar power developer and operator (SDO) mode.
Power generated by this plant will cater to the green energy requirement of its subsidiary, South Eastern Coalfields Limited (SECL) which currently consumes 850 million units annually. The said solar power project will need to be set up in the so called CAPEX mode.
EPC companies or solar power developers interested to apply for the tender must detail availability and location of land, transmission corridor, water availability, state open access issues, grid injection of the evacuated power from the proposed location of the project, its expected timeline, among other requirements as per the tender notice.
Interested EPC contractors can submit their proposals for the project latest by November 25, 2019 with a meeting with prospective participating companies in the tender scheduled for November 28, 2019. Tender notice released by the CIL is available on its website.
The tender is aligned with the CIL’s need to develop some 3 GW of solar power capacity under the government’s directives to become a net zero energy company. It estimates the group’s total annual power requirement in the production of coal to be 4.5 billion units, with a contract demand of around 1100MVA. In the financial year 2018-19, it produced approximately 607 million tons of coal.
In October 2018, CIL and another government owned mining firm NLC India signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to launch a joint venture for 3 GW of solar PV and 2 GW of thermal power projects with the CIL offering all of its identified barren and reclaimed free land for the solar power projects (see Indian State Entities JV For 3 GW PV).
In a February 2018 report by the coal giant, CIL accepted that development in solar PV and energy storage technologies is casting serious doubts on the future of coal (see PV and Storage Threatening Coal’s Future In India).