Coal India to build 1,190MW solar power project in Bikaner


New Delhi: Coal India Ltd (CIL) on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Rajasthan Vidyut Utpadan Nigam Ltd (RUVNL) for the construction of a 1,190 MW solar power plant in Bikaner, Rajasthan.

The proposed project will be rolled out in the upcoming solar park in Rajasthan which has been approved under the mega renewable energy parks of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. The Coal Ministry said in a statement.

The project will advance CIL’s pursuit of solar power generation as part of its clean coal energy diversification programme. The ministry said the plant will be launched in phases and is expected to be a source of job opportunities in the state apart from providing cleaner energy.

The Chairman and Managing Director of RVUNL RK Sharma and Technical Director of CIL V Reddy signed the MoU in the presence of Federal Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gilot in Jaipur.

Minister Joshi said India has enough coal reserves to last up to 50 years. The focus is now on producing clean coal and steps are being taken in this direction.

He said that 8 million tons of stock is available at the moment and the state government should look for innovative solutions to alleviate transportation bottlenecks.

Joshi said that for transporting coal now it is preferable to use the sea rail route so that the transportation time is reduced. The minister said that steps are being taken to resolve energy issues of all states and that Prime Minister Modi’s vision for a new India will be realized when the energy needs of all states are met and developed.

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