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Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) is planning to establish additional 1,000 MW capacity solar power plants in the State.
SCCL Chairman and Managing Director N Sridhar instructed the officials to prepare proposals for establishing 1,000 MW solar plants and submit the same to the government for getting approval.
At a review meeting with the officials, he said that after getting approvals, solar power plants will be installed in unused and vacant government lands.
In June last year SCCL had commissioned 10 MW plant at Bhupalapalli, Telangana. The company has solar plants at Manuguru, Pegadapalli, Yellandu, Ramagundam and Mandamarri.
Sridhar also instructed officials to complete the works on installing a 15 MW solar floating plant on Singareni Thermal Power Plant (STPP) reservoir by May.
Sridhar said Singareni was the first coal company in the country to enter into thermal and solar power generation along with coal production and added that the SCCL had so far installed 219 MW solar power plants in the coal belt region and generated 21.29 crore units of power and saved power bills to the tune of Rs 65.27 crore.
He also instructed officials to complete the tendering process for the third phase of 66 MW solar power plants by April this year. Sridhar said that STPP had generated power at 90 per cent Plant Load Factor (PLF) in the last five months and emerged as the number one thermal station in the country.