Anantapur Solar Power Plant Started Operation

solarThe power plant has an installed capacity of 50 MW and it is South India’s first solar thermal power plant. After a period of time it would supply 550 million units of power to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. This project was taken up by the Megha Engineering Infrastructures Limited (MEIL).
It is 848-crore project, spread across 600 acres at Nagalapuram village at Peddavadaguru mandal in Anantapur district. Solar thermal power plants, technically termed as concentrating solar power (CSP), use mirrors to focus sun’s light energy and convert it into heat to create steam to drive a turbine that generates electrical power.
MEIL’s Associate Vice President B Uma Maheswara Reddy said the CSP is now expensive than photovoltaic (PV) system but the new technology would push forward the promotion of new and renewable energy generation. This plant would contribute 110 million units of solar power which will directly and indirectly helpful to AP and Telangana States as NTPC allocated 440 million units of thermal power from unallocated central quota to both States. Employment would be provided to 45 skilled and 35 unskilled workers.

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