Coal India Inks 200 MW Solar Deal

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The world’s largest coal mining company, Coal India, has announced a plan to achieve its ambitious solar power targets by signing agreements with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to develop 200 MW of solar projects in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

Consequently, power generated from the projects will be divided between two subsidiaries of Coal India Limited, Northern Coalfields Limited and South Eastern Coalfields Limited.

The cost of the project is estimated at Rs 650 crore (£73 million) each; Coal India has set a target of installing 1 GW of solar energy capacity across the country and will invest Rs 7,000 crore (US$752 million) to achieve the goal.

The target is the result of a directive by the central government to all major public sector companies to adopt solar energy targets.

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