Coal miner SCCL commissions its first floating solar plant


State-owned Singareni Collieries Co. Ltd (SCCL), which has diversified into thermal and solar power generation in addition to its core business of coal mining, has commissioned its first floating solar power plant at the Singareni Thermal Power Station (STPS) in Jaipur village of the Mancherial district in Telangana. 

SCCL is setting up a 15 MW (AC)/19.5 MW (DC) floating solar power plant at the STPS reservoir. In the first phase, it commissioned and synchronized 5 MW of the floating solar plant. The second phase of 10 MW is expected to be commissioned in the next few months.

The 5 MW(AC)/6.5 MW(DC) floating solar plant was executed by Hyderabad-headquartered Novus Green Energy Systems. “The plant uses transparent glass-to-glass solar modules, which are more efficient than traditional solar modules,” said Anshuman Yenigalla, managing director of Novus Green.

Novus Green carried out end-to-end manufacturing and built the 5 MW floating PV plant through its in-house teams and manufacturing facility. Solar panels used in the plant were manufactured at its facility in India. Indian company FloatVolt supplied the floating boards.

“The project faced several challenges, such as the design and manufacturing of floating boards meeting all testing standards and fixing frameless glass-to-glass modules onto the float boards. The overall design was vetted by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), making it the first floating solar project to be vetted by a premium institute like IIT,” said Yenigalla.


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