Hyderabad: Telangana has overtaken Rajasthan to emerge as number one in solar power generation, Energy Minister G Jagadish Reddy said on Saturday.
Telangana, with a solar power production of 1,456 MW this year, surpassed Rajasthan which produced about 1300 MW, Reddy said during question hour in the Assembly.
“Every day, 5-10 MW power is being added and by this year end, the solar power generation in the State will reach 2,000 MW,” the Minister said, adding that this was achieved without any financial burden on the State. Unlike in other States, where they provide solar parks with land, lines to the sub-station, the Telangana government, through open bidding, made the agencies use their own land and laid the lines to the substation, Reddy said.
Replying to a question by TRS MLA S Satyanarayana on commissioning hydel power plants in the State, the Minister said Lower Jurala Hydro-electric project (6 x 40 MW) was commissioned on October 1, 2016. Out of the 4 x 30 MW units of Pulichintala hydro-electric project, one unit was commissioned on September 29, 2016. The remaining three units will be commissioned during the financial year 2017-18. At present, 2,400 MW hydel power was available in the State, said Reddy.
On the plans to construct new hydel power plants, the Minister said the Irrigation Department was planning multipurpose barrages at Tupakulagudem, Medigadda, Tammidihatti. Possibilities of establishing hydel projects were being explored at these locations, he said.
Congress under fire
The Congress yet again came under fire when Energy Minister lambasted Nalgonda MLA Komatireddy Venkat Reddy on the apprehensions of closing Yadadri power plant.
Dismissing the fears of the Congress MLA, the Minister said the government under no circumstance will be shutting down the Yadadri plant. “It is Congress which is against projects in the State,” he said.