Singareni collieries 37 MW solar plant at Kothagudem was inaugurated today by company Directors N. Balaram (Finance, P&P, Personnel) and D.Satyanarayana Rao (E&M). With this, the company has achieved 200 MW solar power milestone and the SCCL is planning to setup 300MW capacity solar plants in total, said a release issued here on Wednesday. Speaking on the occasion the Directors said that the company is setting up these solar plants as part of environment protection measures. With these initiatives, nearly120 crore rupees are being saved, they said.

Singareni decided to setup 13 plants totaling 300 MW in eight areas and setting up these plants is to be completed in three phases, they said. In the first phase BHEL was handed over contract to complete power plants in four areas for 129 MW power generation. Out of this 40MW in RG-3, 30MW in Manuguru, 39MW in Yellandu and 10MW plant in STPP area. Adani construction Company was given contract to complete plants 4 plants in 3 areas with a capacity of 90 MW. In this 37MW at Kothagudem, 28 MW at Mandamarri-A block, 15 MW at Mandamarri-B block and 10 MW at Bhupalapalli has been completed.

The SCCL is the first coal company to enter into solar power sector along with thermal power. Singareni C&MD Sri. N. Sridhar showed special interest on solar power, conducted monthly review meetings and ensured that the erection is completed on time, the release said. Already 122.3 million units of solar power (till September 21st) has been generated and has been connected to the grid. This power is connected to the power transmission company TRANSCO and is using the power in different areas of Singareni. Thus, reducing the purchase of power from State power supply. With this the company has saved Rs.75 crores until now. When the 300 MW power generation is completed Singareni would be saving Rs. 120 crores per year, said the release.