Indian coal giant investing in PV


News agency DNAIndia is reporting that Coal India is preparing the 2 MW plant at Sambalpur as well as mulling over a rooftop PV installation at its Central Mine Planning and Design Institute research facility in Ranchi.

Whereas the Sambalpur plant – occupying nine acres of Coal India land – would be a commercial project, DNA says the Ranchi rooftop would be installed with the aim of reducing the company’s energy bills.

DNA reports that, far from being a unique volte face, Coal India is merely following a trend which has seen public sector mining rival Neyveli Lignite Corp start developing the first 10 MW phase of an eventual 25 MW project near Neyveli airstrip.