The 2 GW PV capacity tendered by India's largest utility NTPC can be built anywhere across India. The 750 kW will have to be installed in Andhra Pradesh. (Photo Credit: NTPC; file photo)
- NTPC has launched two big tenders of 2 GW and 750 MW capacityThe 2 GW grid connected solar power projects can be established anywhere across India
- Last date to submit complete bids for the 2 GW tender is April 23, 2018
- Three projects of 250 MW each will be set up for Ananthapuramu Ultra Mega Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh
- Bidding deadline for the 750 MW tender is April 12, 2018
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India’s largest utility National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued PV tender capacity of 2,750 MW at one go. This capacity is divided between 2 GW of grid connected solar power projects to be developed anywhere across India, and three projects of 250 MW each for Ananthapuramu Ultra Mega Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh. Both tenders have been issued under the so-called open category, enabling developers to use also non-India made modules.
For the 2 GW tender, bidding documents will be available for sale until April 2, 2018. Technical and financial bids can be submitted by April 23, 2018. Technical bids will be opened the next day.
The Ananthapuramu Ultra Mega Solar Park will have a cumulative capacity of 1,500 MW once complete. Of this, NTPC is in charge of establishing 1,000 MW capacity as per a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the Government of Andhra Pradesh. In phase I, 250 MW will be set up by NTPC and the second phase will be of 750 MW. For phase 1, NTPC signed a PPA with the state electricity distribution companies (discoms) at a levelized tariff of 5.96 INR ($0.092) per kWh on April 24, 2015.
For the 3×250 MW projects for Andhra Pradesh, interested developers can purchase bidding documents until March 26, 2018. Deadline to submit bids is April 12, 2018. Technical bids will be opened on April 13, 2018.
Details about both these tenders is available on the website of NTPC Tender.
The Indian government has set a target to issue bids for ground mounted solar parks for 20 GW capacity. For the month of March 2018, it is planning to launch tenders for 6 GW (see India 20 GW Tender Roll Out Start In December). In January, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) issued tenders of more than the targeted 3 GW capacity (see SECI Launches 2 GW PV Tender). In February 2018, 5 GW was to be tendered, out of which SECI issued 3 GW (see SECI Tender 3 GW PV Capacity).