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How Gautam Adani is turning his back on coal mining in his push for green energy

India’s Coal King has an audacious plan: make his $27-billion group the “world's largest” green energy enterprise. That means moving from the group’s mainstay coal trade.

July 23, 2020 / 05:14 PM IST

 Coal baron Gautam Adani, 58, is transforming the $27-billion Adani Group from India's leading coal-trading firm to the “world's largest” green energy company.

That is quite a turnaround for a company that was India’s first mine development operator (MDO) and which recently won a 10-year-long bruising battle in Australia’s Queensland to start work on a coal mine that faced stiff opposition from environmentalists and locals.

A few days before it began work on the Carmichael mine, the Solar Energy Corporation of India awarded Adani Green Energy Limited (AGEL), the group’s renewable energy arm, a contract to build 8 gigawatts (GW) solar projects in the country. As part of the reward, Adani Solar will establish 2 GW of additional solar cell and module manufacturing capacity.

This project, which the company says is the largest in the world, entails an investment of Rs 45,000 crore ($6 billion). It will take Adani Green a step closer to emerging as the world’s biggest renewable energy firm.