India's SECI invites bids for 8.7 GW of wind, solar

Collocated solar and wind parks. Photo Credit: Istock

January 3 (Renewables Now) - The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued tenders for the installation of 1.2 GW of wind and 7.5 GW of grid-connected solar power capacity, it was announced last week.

SECI, a government of India enterprise, published a request for selection (RfS) document for 7.5 GW of photovoltaic (PV) projects in Leh and Kargil districts of the Jammu and Kashmir state. The targeted capacity is split into three packages of 2.5 GW each, two of which will be set up in Leh district.

The developers will be selected by means of e-bidding followed by an e-reverse auction process. The deadline for submitting bids is April 30, 2019.

Winners will be responsible for installing and commissioning the PV capacity and will also take care of setting up the needed power transmission and evacuation infrastructure. They will be awarded 35-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with SECI and will have 48 months to commission their plants after signing the PPAs. The overall capacity has to be brought online in 54 months.

Separately, SECI is looking for bids for the development of up to 1.2 GW of Inter-State Transmission system (ISTS)-connected projects under its Tranche-VI wind power auction. Proposals under the RfS will be accepted February 5, 2019. They cannot be higher than INR 2.85 (USD 0.041/EUR 0.036) per kWh.

The minimum bidding capacity has been set at 50 MW, while a single bidder can be awarded up to 600 MW of capacity. Successful projects will be developed on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis, with winners signing 25-year PPAs with SECI at a fixed price.

(INR 10 = USD 0.143/EUR 0.126)

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