200 MW of grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) projects have been commissioned at Rajasthan’s Bhadla Phase-III Solar Park.
The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) had tendered 250 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects to be developed at the Bhadla Phase-III Solar Park. Now, only 50 MW capacity remains to be commissioned.
The latest commissioning in this park has come from project developer Azure Power which has commissioned a 150 MW solar PV power project. This section is the first phase of the 200 MW capacity that was allocated to Azure Power by SECI. This project had been awarded to Azure by SECI in December 2017. In October 2018, Azure had achieved the financial closure for the 200 MW grid-connected solar PV project.
According to a Mercom source, ReNew Power has also commissioned 50 MW of grid-connected solar projects that were awarded to it by SECI.
Mercom previously reported that in the 250 MW Bhadla Solar Park auction, Azure Power had won the bid to develop 200 MW by quoting the lowest tariff of ₹2.48 (~$0.0388)/kWh. ReNew Power had won the remaining 50 MW with a bid of ₹2.49/kWh.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, Azure Power has over 1,600 MW of solar PV projects under operation, and approximately 1,676 MW are under various stages of development. On the other hand, ReNew Power has 1,596 MW of solar projects under operations while approximately 1,328 MW is in the development pipeline.
Solar park development across various states of India is nearing completion. Most capacities had been awarded during 2017 and 2018.
Recently, Mercom reported that the entire solar capacity awarded at Pavagada Solar Park in Karnataka’s Tumkur is also likely to be commissioned by December 2019. So far, 1,400 MW of solar capacity has been commissioned in the park while another 650 MW capacity is in the developmental phase.
Saumy is a senior staff reporter with MercomIndia.com covering business and energy news since 2016. Prior to Mercom, Saumy was a copy editor at Thomson Reuters. Saumy earned his Bachelors Degree in Journalism & Mass Communication from the Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University. More articles from Saumy Prateek.