The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids to develop a 17 MW grid-connected solar PV project in the village of Manglutan in South Andaman of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. The project will be developed on a turnkey basis and will be awarded through a reverse auction. Bids will be accepted until December 22, 2016 and the auction results will be announced separately by the NTPC.

The successful bidder is also expected to provide operation and maintenance services for the project over a five-year period.

The 17 MW project is part of the MNRE’s proposal to establish a 100 MW solar park in South Andaman.

NTPC plans to develop a total of 10 GW of self-owned and developed solar projects throughout India. According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, 360 MW have been commissioned so far under this program, with 510 MW under construction in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. An additional 1,796.5 MW have been tendered by the NTPC to date.

This is the third tender announced by NTPC in the region. On October 16, 2016, NTPC invited bids to develop an 8 MW solar project in Chidiyatapu, South Andaman and in June 2016, they invited bids to develop 18 MW of solar in Chidiyatapu.

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