SECI announces 160 MW tender for hybrid storage project

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On the same day the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) released new guidelines for its national wind-solar hybrid policy, to include all types of storage technology, SECI announced a 160 MW tender for such projects.

The corporation has issued a request for bids for the plant, which will be installed in Ramagiri, Anantapur district, Andhra Pradesh. The successful applicant will be tasked with the design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing and commissioning of the plant, in addition to looking after O&M for a 10 year period.

In a statement issued, SECI said it has applied for World Bank financing, part of which it intends to use toward payments under the contract. It declined to disclose how much it had asked for, however.

The last date for online submissions is October 1, 2018, when techno-commercial bids will be opened. The bid security amount is INR 10 Crs (US$1.5 million).

India’s hybrid plans

Last September, India’s first large-scale commercial wind-solar hybrid project was approved, when Siemens Gamesa was commissioned to move forward with the coupling of a newly constructed 28.8 MW solar facility to an existing 50 MW wind farm in Karnataka.

Following this, on May 15, 2018, the Indian Government unveiled a national wind-solar hybrid policy that provides a framework for promotion of large grid connected wind-solar PV systems.

A week later, the MNRE announced a scheme for establishing 2.5 GW of Inter-State Transmission System (ISTS)-connected wind-solar hybrid projects on a build, own, and operate (BOO) basis.

Meanwhile, yesterday, the MNRE updated its hybrid policy, to include all types of storage technologies.