Mahanadi Coalfields to set up 50 MW solar power plant in Odisha

This plan will decrease carbon dioxide emission by 91,020 tonnes per annum and carbon offsets of about 24,824 tonnes per annum, Mahanadi Coalfields said in a statement on Saturday.

Mahanadi Coalfields Ltd (MCL) plans to establish a 50-megawatt solar power plant in Odisha’s Sambalpur district at the price of ₹301.92 crores. The green project is the role of the miner’s goal to attain carbon neutrality by 2024.

This plan will decrease carbon dioxide emission by 91,020 tonnes per annum and carbon offsets of about 24,824 tonnes per annum, Mahanadi Coalfields said in a statement on Saturday.

Mahanadi Coalfields, whose base is in Sambalpur, has put an order with a Chennai-based company to install this green energy plan within ten months. This plant will provide to the restricted power necessity of the coal-producing company. The MCL had initially installed a 2-MW solar power plant in Sambalpur in 2014.

The MCL has aimed to establish 182 MW of solar power by 2024 in order to become a net-zero energy firm, arranging itself to utilise cleaner methods of energy for coal production.

The subsidiary of Coal India had briefly proposed environment-friendly surface miner technology, which offers more than 95 per cent to coal generation. Another environment-friendly enterprise has favourably presented vertical rippers for blast-less over-burden extraction in Hingula and Kaniha opencast projects.

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