The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) is planning to set up 13 solar plants in nine different locations, with a total capacity of 240 MW. The project report has already been prepared for the construction of these plants in the mining areas. The Chairman and Managing Director, N Sridhar, has instructed officials to prepare a comprehensive report within one week on the proposed 13 solar power plants.
The proposed solar power plants include a 35 MW plant at Sathupally, a 27.5 MW plant at Chennur, and five plants with a total capacity of 65 MW in the Mandamarri area in the state of Telangana. Furthermore, a 37.5 MW solar plant in available space at Singareni thermal power station in Ramagundam-3 is also being planned. Additionally, proposals have been submitted to build 41 MW capacity plants at two locations, a 12 MW plant at Bhupalpally, a 5 MW plant at the site of the old power house in Ramagundam-1, and a 15 MW plant at an empty site next to the existing solar plant at Yellandu.
The solar plants set up in the first phase are already generating 450 million units, and once the proposed 240 MW solar plants are completed, an additional 360 million units of electricity will be generated. This takes the total to 810 million units of electricity, more than the 750 million units that Singareni uses annually for its needs. As a result, the company is expected to become a ‘Net Zero Energy’ company in the next two years and will not need to buy power from Telangana Transco except for power exchange.