The Singareni Collieries Company Ltd, a State-owned mining company, is considering setting up of solar photo-voltaic power projects in the mining belt where the collieries operates.
N. Sridhar, Chiarman and Managing Director of SCCL, outlined plans to set up these solar power plants in some of the areas where it is operating coal mines.
During a meeting with senior management of the mining company, the Chairman and Managing Director called upon officials of Singareni Thermal Power Plant to explore the possibilities of establishing 50 MW or 100 MW size solar PV plants in some of the areas of Singareni where land is available.
This comes after a presentation made by Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation Ltd. on “Expression of Interest” in establishing power plants by SCCL.
While the representatives of the renewable energy corporation explained about the growing interest and advantages of solar energy and various steps taken by the Telangana Government to encourage solar projects, officials from BHEL, which has diversified into development of solar power projects, made a presentation on the products, cost and time related information of establishing new units.
The Chairman and Managing Director of Singareni suggested a detailed feasibility report to establish 50 MW and 100 MW plants in Singareni areas.
During the meeting, Sridhar reviewed the production and progress of Singareni Thermal Power Project located at Jaipur in Mancherial district.
The coal fired 1,200 MW thermal power plant has achieved average plant load factor of 84 per cent. The plant has been laying thrust on improving the PLF.