December 4 (Renewables Now) - Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI), a government of India entity, last week released the request for selection (RfS) document for the construction of 2 GW of wind projects connected to the country's inter-state transmission system (ISTS).
The issuance of the document comes about a week after India's renewable energy ministry announced the 2-GW wind auction following two tenders for 1 GW each.
The deadline for submitting bids is January 16, 2018. SECI will hold a pre-bid meeting on December 14.
Successful bidders will enter into 25-year power purchase agreements (PPAs) with SECI. The power from the wind facilities will be available to distribution companies (discoms) of non-windy states to buy to meet their renewable purchase obligations.
Projects should be between 50 MW and 400 MW in size and one bidder cannot compete for more than 400 MW. Tariffs in the previous 1-GW wind tender, completed in October, fell to INR 2.64 (USD 0.04/EUR 0.03) per kWh.
The Indian government recently outlined a strategy for reaching its 175-GW renewables target by 2022, including plans for tenders for at least 3 GW of wind and up to 17 GW of solar power capacity by March 2018.
(INR 100 = USD 1.554/EUR 1.311)