Indian government agencies announced solar tenders of 755 MW in November and auctioned 155.5 MWs. Of the tendered projects, 750 MW were large-scale solar projects and 5 MW were under the rooftop program.
The 750 MW tendered by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) for the Bhadla Solar Park in Rajasthan includes 500 MW for Bhadla Phase-III and 250 MW for Bhadla Phase-IV.
Under the rooftop solar program, Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) tendered 5 MW of rooftop solar to be installed on government buildings across the state of Jharkhand on a turnkey basis.
On behalf of the Paradip Port Trust (PPT), SECI auctioned engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for a 10 MW solar power project to supply energy for the port’s captive consumption. Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) received technical bids to develop projects totaling 117 MW out of the tendered 500 MW. Under its rooftop solar program, the Uttarakhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (UREDA) successfully auctioned its targeted 28.5 MW of rooftop solar projects.
For promotion of new technology in the power sector, the National Thermal Power Corporation of India (NTPC) awarded EPC contracts to Frenell and Thermax to develop an integrated thermal solar project. The project involves the integration of a concentrated solar field into the Dadri Thermal Power Project in Uttar Pradesh. The state-owned power generator also floated a tender in Jharkhand to bring electricity to 110 households by setting up solar PV systems.
In November, the 755 MW tendered was slightly less compared to the month of October when 834 MW of solar was tendered. There was 155.5 MW of solar auctioned in November, whereas, October witnessed zero auctions.