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NLCIL’s three 100 MW solar power projects inaugurated

Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL)’s three 100 MW Solar Power Projects for commercial operation were inaugurated recently. These projects situated at Thoppalaakkarai and Sethupuram in Virudhunagar District and Sellaiya Sezhiyanallur in Tirunelveli District of Tamil Nadu.

Key Facts

The three solar plants have installed capacity of 100 MW each. They were erected at cost of Rs.1300 crores, which includes Operation & Maintenance (O&M) cost for 15 Years. The power produced from these units will be sold to Tamil Nadu Power Generation and Distribution Company (TANGEDCO) at cost of Rs.4.41/- per unit.

Neyveli Lignite Corporation India Limited (NLCIL)

NLCIL is navratna profit making of Central Government. It is engaged in mining of lignite and generation of power through lignite based thermal power plants. It was established in 1956, following discovery of lignite deposits in Neyveli, Tamil Nadu. It is headquartered in Neyveli, Tamil Nadu.

NLCIL comes under administrative control of Ministry of Coal and serves as important source of power generation to southern states of Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Rajasthan and Puducherry (UT). Currently, it operates four open cast lignite mines of total capacity of 30.6 Million Tonnes per Annum (MTPA) and 5 thermal power stations with total installed capacity of 3240 MW.

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Germany to host first edition of Global Wind Summit

The first edition of Global Wind Summit will be held in Hamburg, Germany from September 25 to 28, 2018. It will be largest and most important meeting of the wind industry worldwide. The summit will see participation of of speakers from about 100 countries, including India, China, the US, Spain and Denmark.

Key Facts

The summit combines will have two main conferences, WindEnergy Hamburg and WindEurope, Holinsky. Both events together will witness participation of about 1,400 exhibitors and 250 speakers from all over the world. The summit will provide platform for experts from across globe to discuss innovative and green technologies for harnessing wind energy making.

The focus of the conferences will be on three major subjects viz. dynamic markets, cost efficiency and smart energy. It will discuss ways to develop new markets, make product competitive in auctions and use wind power for all energy applications.

Note: India with 33GW (installed capacity) is fourth largest country after China, US and Germany in terms of wind energy installation capacity. Government has set  ambitious target of achieving 60 GW of wind energy by 2022.

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