Andhra Pradesh tenders 10 MW solar-wind hybrid project

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The Andhra Pradesh Generation Corporation Limited (APGENCO) has invited bids for a 10 MW grid connected solar and wind hybrid power project with an estimated electricity tariff of Rs3/kWh.

Planned for the village of Ramagiri in Anantipur district, the project will be developed on a build, own, operate and transfer basis on land owned by the state power company. The successful bidder will sign a 25-year power purchase agreement with APGENCO with the power generated by the project sold to state utilities.

Although the project’s generation capacity is expected to be 10 MW, the tender document adds: “The successful bidder may design the plant suitably for optimum utilization of land and wind/solar resources. However, the capacity of plant shall not be lower than 8 MW.”

The tender states foreign companies can participate in the exercise with the proviso that any overseas developer bidding without a local partner must form an Indian company registered under the Companies Act 2013 as a fully-owned subsidiary if its bid proves successful.

Meeting tomorrow

A pre-bid meeting related to the procurement is scheduled for tomorrow and the last date for bid submission is on July 4.

Andhra Pradesh is aiming for 5 GW of hybrid solar and wind power generation capacity by 2022, under its hybrid power policy 2018 – part of the state’s overarching, 18 GW renewable energy target which is intended to make up around 10% of the 175 GW national ambition.

The state is promoting solar and wind hybrid projects in line with the National Wind Solar Hybrid Power Policy. The state-level equivalent plan states: “The main objective is to provide a framework for promotion of large, grid connected, wind-solar PV systems for optimal and efficient utilization of transmission infrastructure and land, reducing the variability in renewable power generation and thus achieving better grid stability.”

The policy stated the highest potential for hybrid projects in Andhra Pradesh lay in the Rayalaseema belt.