SECI extends 3 GW manufacturing-linked solar auction by two weeks

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SECI invited solar power developers to set up 10 GW worth of inter-state transmission system (ISTS) connected solar PV power plants, linked with 3 GW (per annum) solar manufacturing facilities, under a global competitive bidding round (phase-I).

After a recent meeting with the developers, it has extended the bid submission deadline for the project to September 27. The techno-commercial bids will be opened on the following day.

As per the tender document, SECI will select developers through tariff-based competitive bidding, followed by an e-reverse auction. They will then be required to establish cumulative solar manufacturing facilities of 3 GW annually, over a maximum period of two years, in addition to installing 10 GW of ISTS-connected PV power plants on a build-own-operate basis.

Developers have been guaranteed power purchase agreements (PPAs), each covering 2 GW of project capacity and 600 MW of manufacturing. Thus, the total power plant capacity will be 10 GW, against a manufacturing capacity of 3 GW.

While bidders are free to bid for multiple capacities, or indeed the entire 10 GW, they may only do so in increments of 2 GW, i.e. 2 GW or 4 GW, is allowed, but 3 GW is not.

The maximum tariff payable to the project developers has been fixed at INR 2.75/kWh for 25 years. It excludes safeguard duties, however. If any safeguard duty is to be paid by the developer during the project development, the same will be as per the respective clause in the PPA.