The Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) has issued a tender for setting up of cumulative capacity of 275 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects in UP Solar Park, Uttar Pradesh.
The detailed Request for Selection (RfS) will be available for download by April 30, 2019.
Uttar Pradesh has set a target to install 3.2 GW of solar power by March 2021.
In recent weeks, SECI has issued a spate of tenders for the development of both wind and solar projects at various locations.
Last week, it issued two tenders for the development of solar PV power projects. The first tender is for setting up of 1,200 MW ISTS-connected solar PV power projects (ISTS-VI) in Madhya Pradesh and the second tender is for setting up of 200 MW grid-connected solar PV power projects with 300 MWh battery energy storage systems in Andhra Pradesh.
SECI has also tendered 2,000 MW of grid-connected solar projects to be set up with central government support in the form of viability gap funding. These projects will be set up under the Central Public Sector Undertaking Phase-ll program by government producers. The second phase of this program of setting up 12 GW of grid-connected solar PV projects recently received the President of India’s approval.
On March 1, 2019, SECI also issued another lot of tenders. The tenders were for setting up 750 MW of grid-connected solar PV power projects in Rajasthan (Tranche-II Non-Solar Park), for 500 MW of grid-connected solar power projects in Tamil Nadu (Phase-1, Non-Solar Park).
According to the tender trajectory issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, approximately 30 GW were expected to be tendered in FY 2018-19. The tendered capacity has exceeded the intended capacity.
According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, the state of Uttar Pradesh has ~865 MW of commissioned solar projects while ~1.3 GW of projects currently in the pipeline.
Nitin is a staff reporter at Mercomindia.com and writes on renewable energy and related sectors. Prior to Mercom, Nitin has worked for CNN IBN, India News, Agricultural Spectrum and Bureaucracy Today. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University and Master’s degree in International Relations from Jindal School of International Affairs. More articles from Nitin Kabeer