The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has cancelled solar tenders aggregating 950 MW. The cancelled capacities include projects tendered in the Kadapa and Pavagada Solar Parks under JNNSM Phase-II, Batch IV.
The cancelled tenders include 500 MW of solar projects under the Open category and 150 MW of solar under the DCR category at the Kadapa Solar Park Tranche-IV, which was originally announced on June 20, 2016. 100 MW (Open category) of solar at the Kadapa Solar Park Tranche-V which was announced on August 9, 2016, and 200 MW of solar at Pavagada Solar Park Tranche-VI which was announced on August 29, 2016 were also canceled.
The SECI tenders for Kadapa Solar Park Tranche-V and Pavagada Solar Park Tranche-VI had provisions for battery energy storage systems (BESS) of 5MW/2.5MWh.
Steeply declining solar tariffs may have led to the cancellation of the entire tendered capacity of 950 MW. A SECI official told Mercom, the tenders have been cancelled for now, but the SECI plans to re-tender and is in negotiation with states on tariffs.
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.