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Indian Railways to issue tenders for solar projects on its unused land

Power News - Published on Fri, 16 Feb 2018

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Economic Times reported that Indian Railways will call tenders to award contracts to set up 3,000 MW of solar power projects on its unused land. Rail and coal minister Piyush Goyal said that state run lignite miner and power producer NLC India will also bid aggressively for the contracts.

NLC entered the renewable energy sector with the commissioning of a 140 MW solar photo voltaic power plant at Neyveli and another 51 mw wind energy plant, also in Tamil Nadu. The minister said that "In renewable energy, they already have about 191 mw today. It will become 300 mw by March 2018 and by 2025 it's actually 4,251mw that they are planning. So almost 24% of their 13,700 mw capacity will be renewable energy.”

Mr Goyal said the company last year made its highest ever contribution to national exchequer INR 4,965 crore, or two-and-half times the previous year. He urged the West Bengal government to accord approval for the transfer of Damodar Valley Corporation’s Raghunathpur power project to NLC India.

He added that "If they (Bengal government) had given us permission two years ago, by now we would have actually started the Raghunathpur plant and it would have started serving the people of India.”

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Posted By : Nanda Koijam on Fri, 16 Feb 2018
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