Even though project developers show little interest in its solar auctions, India's NTPC has launched additional tenders, now for 1.2 GW and 20 MW of solar power projects. Consultancy BTI says the safeguard duty has done little to help the local manufacturing industry. Developers seem to be waiting for the safeguard duty period to get over instead of paying more for locally manufactured stuff. However, MNRE head RK Singh (second from left) wants to increase import duty on solar equipment down the value chain in the future. (Photo Credit: Press Information Bureau)
- The NTPC is looking for solar power project developers for 1.2 GW PV capacity to be set up across India under ISTS
- It is also looking for EPC contractors for 20 MW solar project to be set up in Rihand, Uttar Pradesh
- Last date for bid submission for 1.2 GW tender is September 2, 2019 and for 20 MW project is August 27, 2019
- In more solar industry news coming from India, the Minister for New and Renewable Energy Ministry (MNRE), RK Singh has declared his government will increase the import duty on solar equipment down the value chain in the years to come
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India’s National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has issued an invitation for bids (IFB) for 1,200 MW solar power capacity to be set up across the country and connected to the interstate transmission system (ISTS).
Bidding documents can be downloaded starting from August 14, 2019 and need to be submitted by September 2, 2019. Tender submission timelines can be viewed on NTPC tender website.
Another solar power plant the NTPC is seeking EPC contractors for is a 20 MW project to be set up in Rihand, Uttar Pradesh. The selected contractor will be required to design, engineer, install and commission the project a under broad area of work. It will also be responsible for operation and maintenance of the plant for 3 years post commissioning.
The grid connected project will be awarded through a reverse auction. NTPC will fund the project through its own resources.
Last date to submit bids for this one is August 27, 2019.
The call for the 1.2 GW tender comes as the utility is seeing unenthusiastic response to its 1 GW EPC solar tender under CPSU Scheme Phase-II (Tranche-I) (see NTPC’s 1 GW Solar Tender Under CPSU Scheme Ph-II). Last date for bid submission for this one was first fixed at July 15, 2019, which was later extended to July 25, 2019 and now till August 16, 2019, shared Mercom India Research.
Earlier in August 2019, NTPC re-tendered a 20 MW floating solar power project for its Auraiya Gas Power Plant (see SECI Issues 1.2 GW RE Tender Under ISTS-VII).
In more solar industry news coming from India, the Minister for New and Renewable Energy Ministry (MNRE), RK Singh has declared his government will increase the import duty on solar equipment down the value chain in the years to come which, he reportedly said, will not impact solar energy bidding process in India, according to local media. Currently, developers have to pay safeguard duty on imported solar equipment which is due to come to an end post July 2020 (see 25% Safeguard Duty Imposed By India).
However, consultancy Bridge to India (BTI) emphasised that even after a year of the imposition of safeguard duty no new domestic manufacturing unit has been set up in the country; and for utility scale projects, developers are still ordering imported modules, a share that hovers around the earlier 90% mark.
In a blog post, covered by The Economic Times (ET), BTI said most of the cell manufacturers have shut down and module manufacturers are operating at low capacity utilization and/or betting on exports. Developers seem to be waiting for the safeguard duty period to get over instead of paying more for locally manufactured stuff.