Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) has commissioned 130 MW solar power project in Neyveli, Cuddalore district, Tamil Nadu.
The solar project commissioned by coal secretary Susheel Kumar spreads across 655 acres. NLC will sell solar power to Tangedco at Rs 5.10 per unit under an agreement report TOI.
NLC bagged the solar project through preferential tariff from Tangedco when the cost was Rs 5.10 per unit in 2016. Since then, the discom has taken the tender route and the cost has fallen to Rs 3.47 per unit.
According to the publication with the commissioning of 130MW, NLC’s solar power capacity has gone up to 140MW while the state’s to 1,995MW. Nearly 2,000MW solar projects are in the pipeline.
“The 130MW solar power project has been implemented in two blocks of 65MW each. BHEL was engaged for executing one block of 65MW with deployment of indigenous solar modules and Jakson Engineers Pvt Ltd was entrusted with executing another block of 65 MW with the deployment of indigenous solar cells and modules,” said Kumar.
The project is spread over four different locations within Neyveli. The power evacuated from each site is linked to the pooling sub-station which has been established at a cost of Rs 38.10cr by GE T&D Ltd.
“The total project cost works out to Rs 752.62cr. This green power initiative is likely to reduce the loading of about 2.16 lakh tonnes of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere compared to the fossil fuel,” said Susheel Kumar.