Bidding in 7.5-GW Indian solar tender may be delayed - report

Pangong lake, Ladakh. Image by Nick Irvine-Fortescue.

February 19 (Renewables Now) - The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) may move to June the bidding for 7.5 GW of photovoltaic (PV) projects in Leh and Kargil districts of India's Jammu and Kashmir state, the Times News Network (TNN) reports.

At a pre-meeting on Monday, investors shared their concerns regarding security in the region, following a terrorist attack last week in Pulwama district, and discussed the challenging weather conditions in the state and the undeveloped infrastructure, among other issues.

At the start of 2019, SECI published a request for selection (RfS) document with April 30, 2019 as the deadline for submitting bids in the big solar tender. The targeted capacity is split into three packages of 2.5 GW each, two of which will be set up in Leh district. According to that document, winners would get 35-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) and be responsible for setting up the needed power transmission and evacuation infrastructure.

TNN said that in addition to extending the bid, SECI was considering other changes in the Ladakh solar plan to address concerns. According to the report, the tender has attracted the interest of some 50 “topline companies”.

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