SECI begins a hectic year, opens tender for 8700 MW in Solar and Hybrid projects

The start of the year 2019 hints towards a hectic schedule for SECI. The last day of the year brought two more tenders in the solar and wind sector for 8700MW.

The state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited renewal energy companies to put forward bids for setting up Hybrid plants of 1,200 MW each and 7500 MW Solar projects in Jammu & Kashmir.

RfS for 7500 MW Solar Power Projects in Leh & Kargil Districts, Jammu & Kashmir

SECI invites proposals for setting up of grid-connected Solar PV Projects on “Build Own Operate” basis for an aggregate capacity of 7500 MW. SECI will enter into Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with the successful Bidders for a period of 35 years based on the terms, conditions and provisions of the RfS.

The total capacity of 7500 M, under the RfS has been divided into three Packages:

  1. Package-A: This Package comprises a single Project of 2500 MW capacity to be set up in Kargil District.
  2. Package-B: This Package consists of a single Project of 2500 MW capacity to be set up in Block-1 in Leh District.
  3. Package-C: This Package consists of a single Project of 2500 MW capacity to be set up in Block-2 in Leh District.

Start Date : 31/12/2018

End Date : 30/04/2019

RfS for ISTS-connected 1200 MW Wind-Solar Hybrid Power Projects in India (Tranche-VI)

SECI has invited bids for the ISTS-connected 1200MW wind-solar hybrid projects in India. Based on this RfS, the bidders will set up Wind Power Projects on Built Own Operate (BOO) basis and SECI will sign the PPA with the wind power developer (WPD) for 25 years.

The maximum tariff payable to each WPD is fixed at Rs. 2.85/kWh for the entire term of 25 years

Eligible bid capacity for bidding will be minimum 50 MW and maximum 600 MW by a Bidder.

Start Date : 31/12/2018

End Date : 05/02/2019

This is the sixth tranche of competitive bidding for wind power held by SECI. The capacity of wind power projects offered in the previous tranche of competitive bidding was slashed to 1,200 MW in August from the previous 2,500 MW. Inadequate transmission infrastructure in wind-rich states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu has been cited as the tepid response to wind tenders.

The present wind power installed capacity in the country is nearly 34.4 GW, sharing around 10% of total installed capacity. Globally India is at 4th position in terms of wind power installed capacity after China, USA and Germany.

The Indian Government set an ambitious target of achieving 175 GW power capacity from renewable energy resources by 2022 and out of this 60 GW to come from wind power by 2022. To promote inter-state sale of renewable power, the government has waived off the inter-state transmission charges and losses for wind and solar projects to be commissioned by March, 2022.

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For the FY19 the renewable capacity addition target had been set at 15,600 MW, comprising 10,000 MW and 4,000 MW of wind and solar, respectively.

About 11,778 MW of renewable power was added in FY18, failing to achieve the target of 14,500 MW.

Solar and wind power developers had also displayed a muted response to Seci’s bid to set up 1,200 MW of wind-solar hybrid plants, with only two firms putting forward their bids.

The capacity offered under this tender was also cut down to 1,200 MW from the original proposition of 2,500 MW. The invitation for 10,000 MW manufacturing-linked solar tender had also got bids for only 2,000 MW.

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