NTPC tenders 160 MW solar project in Rajasthan

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Energy conglomerate NTPC, formerly the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited, has invited bids for a 160 MW solar project in Jetsar, Rajasthan.

No electricity tariff limit has been set and, unlike in the recent 1 GW tender made by India’s largest power company, this procurement does not bar foreign-made solar cells and modules. The successful developer, however, must be enlisted with NTPC as a qualified engineering, procurement and construction services provider.

The scope of work includes the design, engineering, operation and maintenance of the solar project for three years from the date of successful completion of a trial run. The developer will also be responsible for establishing a grid substation and the deadline for bid submission is in eight days’ time, on June 26.

Earlier this month, NTPC tendered for 1 GW of grid connected PV capacity to be developed as part of the Central Public Sector Undertaking Scheme, Phase-II (Tranche-I), with a requirement only Indian-made cells and modules could be used.

Deadline extended

The company has also again extended the bid submission deadline for a separate 1.2 GW tender for solar projects in western India. The initial deadline of December was pushed out to January 3 and it has now been further extended, to July 1.

Last month the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission granted an electricity trading license to NTPC that will help it implement renewable energy projects, especially solar facilities in India.

The power giant had petitioned the commission to grant a Category I license for the inter-state trading of electricity across India. In its petition, the utility said it had been asked by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to install 15 GW of solar generation capacity under the National Solar Mission.

Founded in 1975 to accelerate power development in India, NTPC’s total installed generation capacity is 52,946 MW – including joint ventures – in the form of 21 coal based power stations, seven gas facilities, a hydro installation and a wind project. Nine JV projects are coal based and NTPC is involved in 11 solar schemes. It is hoped that by 2032, non fossil fuel based generation capacity will comprise almost 30% of NTPC’s portfolio.