India's SECI invites bids in floating solar-plus-storage, wind tenders

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February 18 (Renewables Now) - The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued two tenders, seeking to award 1,200 MW of wind and 20 MW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity coupled with battery storage.

As part of the wind tender, Tranche VII, SECI awaits bids for Inter-State Transmission system (ISTS)-connected projects on a pan India basis, according to a notice inviting tender published on Friday, just after results were announced from the previous, VI tranche, auction. According to consultancy Mercom Capital, the Tranche-VI auction was completed with bids as low as INR 2.82 (USD 0.039/EUR 0.035) per kWh.

A detailed request for selection (RfS) for the Tranche VII auction will be available by February 22.

The second tender is for 20 MW of floating solar projects accompanied with 60 MWh of battery energy storage systems on the island archipelago of Lakshadweep. The scope of the work includes design, engineering, supply, construction, installation, testing and commissioning of the specific capacity as well as 10 years of operations and maintenance (O&M) services.

Bids will be accepted by April 1, 2019, with techno-commercial proposals to be opened on the same day.

Projects will be developed on a build-own-operate (BOO) basis, with locations spread across 11 separate islands, in line with a goal for powering the archipelago's inhabited islands partly or entirely with renewables.

(INR 10 = USD 0.140/EUR 0.124)

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