Tata Power and Azure Power were declared winners in the Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited’s (MSEDCL) auction to procure power from 500 MW of from grid-connected interstate and intrastate wind-solar hybrid projects on a long-term basis.
Tata Power won a capacity of 300 MW, and Azure Power won a capacity of 200 MW both quoting ₹2.62 (~$0.035)/kWh.
The tender had received a good response from the bidders and was oversubscribed by 1 GW.
Commenting on the response from the bidders, an MSEDCL official had said, “Being a hybrid tender, MSEDCL had the clause of certified wind turbine procurement from the revised list of models and manufacturers and procurement of solar modules from the approved list of models and manufacturers. Therefore, only a few big players were eligible to bid for this capacity in compliance with both the clauses. Also, due to lower earnest money deposit and the performance bank guarantee compared to the hybrid tender, more bidders were attracted towards the solar tender rather than the hybrid tender.”
The state distribution company (DISCOM) had floated the tender in May this year to procure 500 MW of wind-solar hybrid power on a long-term basis from grid-connected interstate and intrastate projects.
MSEDCL will enter into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the selected bidders to purchase wind-solar hybrid power for 25 years from the commercial operation date of the projects.
The minimum project size of a single intrastate hybrid power project should be 25 MW, with at least 10 MW project at one site. It should be 50 MW for interstate projects at one site to be interconnected to a single delivery point.
The tariff of ₹2.62 (~$0.035)/kWh is 8% higher than the lowest tariff of ₹2.42/kWh discovered in the recently concluded MSEDCL’s 500 MW solar auction.
In December last year, three companies had won 1.2 GW of solar-wind hybrid projects quoting a tariff of ₹2.41 (~$0.0326)/kWh – the lowest-ever for solar-wind hybrid projects.
The tariff was discovered in the Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) auction for setting up 1.2 GW of interstate transmission-connected wind-solar hybrid power projects under Tranche III of the interstate transmission system (ISTS) program.
ABC Renewable Energy was awarded 380 MW of projects, Adani Renewable Energy Holding Eight was awarded 600 MW, and AMP Energy was awarded 130 MW for ₹2.41 (0.0326)/kWh. ACME Solar had quoted ₹2.42 (~$0.0327)/kWh for 300 MW of projects but was only awarded 90 MW under the bucket-filling method.
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Rakesh is a staff reporter at Mercom India. Prior to joining Mercom, he worked in many roles as a business correspondent, assistant editor, senior content writer, and sub-editor with bcfocus.com, CIOReview/Silicon India, Verbinden Communication, and Bangalore Bias. Rakesh holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU). More articles from Rakesh Ranjan.