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SCCL to set up 500 MW floating solar power plants in Telangana

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  • Officials from TSREDC have made a PowerPoint presentation to SCCL CMD N Sridhar on the possibility of developing floating solar power plants in the state: Sources

  • At the meeting, the possibility of having the 500 MW floating solar power plant at one place or at five places — 5 x 100 MW — was discussed

New Delhi: State-run SCCL (Singareni Collieries Company Ltd) is planning to set up a 500 MW floating solar power plant/s in Telangana as part of its diversification efforts and a high-level meeting has also taken place in this regard, sources in the know of the matter said on Tuesday. SCCL, which is a subsidiary company of the country’s largest miner Coal India Ltd (CIL), has already diversified from coal mining into thermal and land-based solar power generation. The addition of floating solar power plants will add further variety to its portfolio.

SCCL CMD briefed by TSREDC officials

Officials from TSREDC (Telangana State Renewable Energy Development Corporation) made a PowerPoint presentation to SCCL CMD N Sridhar on the possibility of developing floating solar power plants in the state, said sources. The renewable energy organisation was earlier tasked with conducting a study on the proposal.

Director (E&M) of SCCL S Shankar, Managing Director of TSREDC N Janaiah, Project Director Ramakrishna and other others participated in the meeting held to discuss the proposal for setting up 500 MW floating solar power plants.

500 MW floating solar power plants may be set up at one place or 5 places

At the meeting, the possibility of having the 500 MW floating solar power plant at one place or at five places — 5 x 100 MW — was discussed. Locations that emerged as potential choices were the reservoirs in the erstwhile Karimnagar and Warangal districts. The SCCL CMD has asked TSREDC officials to prepare specific plans for solar power plants.

SCCL’s portfolio includes 2×600 MW thermal & 10 MW solar power plants

SCCL, which is primarily engaged in mining of coal, already has 2×600 MW thermal power plant at Pegadapalli in Mancherial district and a 10 MW solar power plant on the 50 acres land on the premises of the thermal power plant. Additionally, SCCL is also in the process of setting up solar power plants in nine mining areas and they are under various stages of implementation. The company plans to establish 220 MW of land-based solar power projects.

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