Andhra Pradesh: Govt plans 10,000 MW solar project

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Vijayawada: The state government is planning to set up a mega solar power project with an installed capacity of 10,000 MW in order to meet the increasing demand for power and to provide free, uninterrupted power to the agricultural sector.

Addressing employees of the energy department after Republic Day celebrations here on Sunday, energy secretary Nagulapalli Srikant said that the project will ensure an abundant supply of power to the agricultural sector.

The energy secretary noted that the number of agricultural connections in the state now stands at 18.1 lakh after the recent addition of 25,000 connections. The department is getting to increase the number of connections by another 25,000 within the current fiscal.

Srikant further said that the government is working on various options to optimize its power purchase cost with a mix of power from thermal, hydel and renewable energy sources.

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