SECI announces 3.4 GW of RfS for solar projects

Spread across India, the projects include the installation of: 200 MW at the Pavagada Solar Park in Karnataka; 275 MW at the Uttar Pradesh Solar Park in Uttar Pradesh; 750 MW at the Kadapa Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh; 150 MW of grid-connected floating solar power projects at the Rihand Dam in Uttar Pradesh; and a total of 2,000 MW of Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS) connected projects.

According to the RfS documents issued by SECI, the ISTS-connected solar PV projects will comprise eight projects each with a capacity of 250 MW, which will be installed across the country. The RfS for this project closes on April 30, 2018.

Under the National Solar Mission (NSM) Phase-II Batch-IV, Tranche-XIII, RfSs have been invited for the installation of 275 MW of projects at the Uttar Pradesh Solar Park. The bidding, which closes on May 1, 2018, will be carried out through an e-bidding process, followed by an e-reverse auction. A the maximum tariff of Rs.3.43/kWh has been fixed for 25 years.

The projects will be installed in the districts of Jalaun (225 MW) and Kanpur Dehat (50 MW) at the Uttar Pradesh Solar Park, which is being developed by the Solar Park Implementation Agency (SPIA). When complete, they shall contribute towards the target of powering Varanasi city on 100% renewable energy.

The 200 MW of grid connected projects at the Pavagada Solar Park in Karnataka, will be installed on a Build Own Operate (BOO) basis. The bid for this closes on May 10, 2018. SECI will enter into Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with the selected bidders for a period of 25 years. The maximum tariff payable has been fixed at Rs.2.93/ kWh.

Successful developers will have to demonstrate/infuse capital in the form of their own equity for an amount of at least Rs.1.0 crore per MW.

Under NSM Phase-II, Batch-IV, Tranche-XV, SECI has also invited RfSs for the installation of up to 750 MW at the Kadapa Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh, the bid for which closes on May 3, 2018.

The bidding process for this project will be conducted under Part-B (Open category) only. SECI shall enter into PPAs with successful developers for a period of 25 years. The maximum tariff payable has been fixed at Rs.2.93/ kWh.

Power procured by SECI from the these projects will be sold to the buying utilities of the state of Andhra Pradesh.

By Preeti Verma Lal