March 8 (Renewables Now) - The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has launched a range of tenders, aiming to contract up to 1,800 MW of wind and 1,675 MW of photovoltaic (PV) capacity, some of which with a battery storage component.
In a series of notice inviting tenders, the agency said it will await bids for 1,800 MW of Inter-State Transmission system (ISTS)-connected projects under the Tranche-VIII auction, with schemes to be developed anywhere in India.
SECI will publish a detailed Request for Selection Document (RfS) by March 29, 2019. The announcement for the new tender comes after last month the agency launched a competition for the installation of 1,200 MW of ISTS-connected wind projects (tranche-VII) on a pan-India basis.
In the solar sector, SECI has invited online bids for setting up 1,200 MW of ISTS-connected solar parks in Madhya Pradesh, while proposals for 275 MW of grid-connected solar projects are being sought in Uttar Pradesh, within the UP Solar Park.
Separately, developers can take part in an online tender for the installation of 200 MW of grid-connected solar projects with 300 MWh of battery energy storage systems in Andhra Pradesh. The capacity is split into two lots, namely a 100-MW solar project with a 150-MWh storage facility at Galiveedu site of the Ananthapuramu Ultra Mega Solar Park and another project with the same capacity within the Talaricheruvu Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh
The detailed RfS for the three solar tenders will be issued by April 30, 2019, SECI said.