Singareni Collieries awards Rs 565 crore worth of order to BHEL for 129 MW power plants
Hyderabad: Telangana has been in the forefront in tapping renewable energy and has taken several initiatives to improve electricity availability through such sources. Solar has become a thrust area for the State and in line with its continued focus, it is now going to add 129 MW capacity through Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) power plants in four locations.
Singareni Collieries Company Limited has awarded a contract to the country’s largest public sector power generation equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) to set up power plants in Telangana. Significantly, valued at Rs 565 crore, this is the largest SPV power plant order won by BHEL till date, the public sector giant said in a statement.
The plants are to be set up at four locations in Telangana – Ramagundam (50 MW), Yellandu (39 MW), Manuguru (30 MW) and Pegadapally (10 MW), on engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis.
Telangana’s cumulative installation of large-scale solar projects of about 3.5 GW is the second highest in India after Karnataka. It accounts for about 15 per cent of all large-scale solar installations in the country.
Telangana has introduced a dedicated State Solar Policy in 2015 to boost solar power generation in the State and create an ecosystem for renewable energy.
BHEL’s solar portfolio
With this order, BHEL’s solar portfolio has risen to more than 710 MW. BHEL has more than three decades of expertise in solar photovoltaic products and services backed by a dedicated R&D setup. The company has established capability in major segments of the PV value chain that includes solar cells, PV modules and power conditioning units and systems.
BHEL has also enhanced its manufacturing lines of solar cells and solar modules. In addition to this, the company is assembling space-grade solar panels using high efficiency cells at its Electronic Systems Division, Bengaluru.
In addition to solar photovoltaic products, BHEL offers complete EPC solutions from concept to commissioning for both off-grid and grid-interactive SPV power plants in various parts of the country including Lakshadweep and Andaman & Nicobar Islands.