India’s state coal company tenders for 100MWp of solar in Chhattisgarh

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Chhattisgarh is a resource-rich, forested state in central India. Source: Umesh Ahuja, Flickr

India’s state-run coal company, Coal India Ltd (CIL), has invited bids from developers for a 100MWp solar project in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

The project will be contracted to South Eastern Coalfields Ltd, CIL’s largest subsidiary, for 25 years.

CIL has pledged to become a “net-zero energy company.” According to the miner’s estimates, it will need to establish 3GW of solar energy to cover 4.5 billion units of power annually.

Developers and EPC contractors interested in the project must submit a proposal before 3pm on 25 November.  It should outline the project timeline, grid integration, provisioning and location of land, water availability and transmission corridor.

A meeting to discuss details with prospective project partners will be held three days later at CIL headquarters in Kolkata.

CIL produced 607 million tonnes of coal in the financial year that ended in March 2019.

According to an International Energy Agency report published in May, 74% of India’s electricity came from coal-fired power plants in 2018, but investments in solar energy, supported by government auctions and policies, overtook investments in coal-fired power generation.

Information about the tender can be downloaded from the CIL tender website.

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