Hyderabad: A 37 MW solar power plant in Kothagudem was inaugurated by Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) Directors N Balaram (Finance and Personnel) and D Satyanarayana Rao (Electrical and Mechanical) on Wednesday.
Congratulating officials and the staff on the occasion, the SCCL Chairman and Managing Director N Sridhar instructed the departments concerned that the installation of the third phase of the plan should be completed by this year-end. He said the Singareni was installing solar plants as part of environment protection measures and with this initiative, almost 120 crore rupees are being saved.
According to Sridhar, the Singareni has decided to install 13 plants to generate 300 megawatts of power in eight of its areas. The installation of these plants would be completed in three phases. In the first phase, the BHEL got the contract to complete power plants in four areas for 129 megawatts of power generation.
Out of this, 40 megawatts in RG-3, 30 megawatts in Manuguru, 39 megawatts in Yellandu and 10 megawatts plant in STPP area have already started power generation.
The balance 10 megawatts plant installation in this phase at RG-3 would be completed in a month.
The Singareni was the first coal company to enter into the solar power sector along with thermal power. Sridhar evinced special interest in solar power and conducted monthly review meetings to ensure that the installation of plants was completed on time.
Already, 122.3 million units of solar power were generated up to September 21 and connected to the grid. This power was connected to Transco and was using it in different areas of Singareni resulting in a reduction in power purchases from the power utilities in the State.
With this, the company has saved Rs.75 crore till now. “Once 300 megawatts power generation is completed, the Singareni will be saving Rs 120 crore per year,” Sridhar added.
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