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CSR Watch: NCL illuminates 80 state-run healthcare centers with solar energy

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New Delhi: Northern Coalfields Limited (NCL), a Mini Ratna Company of GoI is continuously working to increase the share of clean energy in the country's total Energy Mix. Under its commitment towards Social Sustainability and giving thrust on renewable energy, the Krishnashila Unit of NCL has successfully installed solar panels in 80 healthcare centres through an MoU with Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency (NEDA with an investment of 2.41 crores.

NEDA is a state government-run agency to develop the capacity in renewable energy sources such as solar energy, wind energy, bio-energy, micro hydel, and energy conservation besides planning and other aspects of energy management in Uttar Pradesh.

Through this initiative, 20 primary healthcare centres and 60 sub-healthcare centres are equipped with an availability of 24 hours Solar Energy based electricity. All these health centres are remotely located in Sonbhadra District.

The total installed capacity of this project is 220 KW if all the locations are taken together.

All these Healthcare centres are located in remote areas of Sonbhadra District and cater to the healthcare needs of approx. 20 thousand local people. Pregnant women, children, and serious patients are the prime beneficiaries of this project.

It is worth mentioning that, in the last financial year NCL has done remarkable work in the field of infrastructure development, education, healthcare, drinking water, sports, and skill development with a total spend of 129.93 crore, which was approx. 10 percent more than the allocated budget under CSR.

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