South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL), one of the largest coal-producing arms of Coal India Ltd, will develop 600 MW of rooftop and ground-mounted solar power projects in the coming years as part of the company’s strategy to expand and diversify its business and achieve the net-zero energy goal.
SECL plans to develop these projects at a cost of more than INR 1,000 crore ($121.33 million). Some of these projects would be implemented in RESCO (Renewable Energy Service Company) or build-own-operate mode.
Solar power projects of more than 180 MW are already in various phases of development in the operational areas of SECL spread over Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh.
“The largest two solar projects under implementation are of 40 MW capacity each. A 40 MW ground-mounted, grid-connected solar PV plant is being developed on the company’s land in Bhatgaon and Bishrampur areas located in Chattisgarh’s Surajpur district. The project is under execution and likely to be commissioned within this fiscal,” stated SECL.
“SECL is also working on a project report for the installation of another 40 MW ground-mounted solar PV plant in the Johilla area in Madhya Pradesh.”
Coal India Ltd targets net-zero status by installing 3 GW of renewable energy projects by 2026 as part of a broader plan to reduce the company’s carbon footprint and move towards a more sustainable future. Recently, it has teamed up with Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd (SJVNL) to explore potential sites for pumped storage power (PSP) projects within its abandoned mines.