SSCL commissions floating solar plant in Telangana

The Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), a government-owned coal mining corporation in India has commissioned its first floating solar power plant at the Singareni Thermal Power Station (STPS) in Jaipur village of Telangana’s Mancherial district. SCCL is constructing a floating solar power plant with a capacity of 15 MW (AC)/19.5 MW (DC) at the STPS reservoir. It has commissioned 5 MW of floating solar power in the first phase. The second phase of 10 MW is scheduled to be completed in the coming months.

Novus Green Energy Systems built the 5 MW floating PV plant with the help of its in-house teams and manufacturing facility. The solar panels used in the plant were made at a facility in India. The floating boards were provided by the Indian company FloatVolt.

Recently in January 2023, Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) estimated 2 GW of floating solar potential across reservoirs at its Maithon, Panchet, Tilaiya, and Konar dams in Jharkhand. The company has requested permission from the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to build this capacity under the Ultra Mega Renewable Energy Power Parks scheme.

Additionally, in the same month, a floating solar project of 2,000 kWp was inaugurated in Chandigarh at the Water Works in Sector 39. The plant has been commissioned at a cost of Rs 117 million. Additionally, a 500 kWp floating solar power plant over the Dhanas lake was put into service by the state administrator.