NLCIL’s Three 100 MW Solar Power Projects Dedicated to the Nation

The Union Minister for Railways, Coal, Finance & Company Affairs, Mr Piyush Goyal inaugurated Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL)’s three 100 MW Solar Power Projects for commercial operation and dedicated these projects to the Nation in Tamil Nadu.

The Solar Power projects with an installed capacity of 100 MW each, were erected at a cost of Rs.1300 Crores, which includes Operation & Maintenance cost for 15 Years. The power produced from these units will be given to Tamilnadu Power Generation and Distribution Company (TANGEDCO) at a cost of Rs.4.41/- per unit.
An MoU was also signed by NLCIL and Anna University. The MoU would help set up a pilot project on solar drying of lignite, in order to increase its Caloric Value from 2700 Kcal to 4350 Kcal. The cost of the pilot project is Rs.2 Crore 69 Lakhs.
Source- Press Information Bureau (PIB)

Static/Current Takeaways Important for SBI PO/Clerk Exam 2018-

  • NLCIL is a ‘Navratna’ profit-making, Government of India Enterprise engaged in mining of lignite and generation of power through lignite based thermal power plants.
  • NLCIL was established by GoI in 1956, following the discovery of lignite deposits in Neyveli, Tamil Nadu.