SECI Issues 1.2 GW RE Tender Under ISTS-VII

Renewable Energy Paired With Energy Storage Systems With 1.2 GW Capacity Under ISTS-VII Tendered By SECI; NTPC Launches 20 MW Floating Solar Tender
05:12 AM (Beijing Time) - 08. August 2019
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India’s 2 state-owned entities SECI and NTPC have launched tenders for 1.2 GW of renewable energy and 20 MW of floating solar power capacity, respectively.

Key Takeaways

  • SECI has issued a tender for 1.2 GW of ISTS-connected renewable energy projects with assured peak power supply under ISTS-VII
  • Wind, solar or wind-solar hybrid power projects may be considered under the tender that need to be paired with energy storage systems
  • Projects selected need to supply peak power for 6 hours for which peak tariff will be determined through reverse auction
  • The tender also specifies that power generated during off-peak hours will be eligible for a flat tariff of INR 2.70 per kWh
  • NTPC has also issued IFB for 20 MW floating solar power plant as a retender

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has launched a tender seeking hybrid project developers (HPD) for 1.2 GW of interstate transmission system (ISTS) connected renewable energy projects with assured peak power supply in India under ISTS-VII.

Eligible projects will have 2-part tariffs, a peak tariff and an off-peak tariff. While peak tariffs will be valid for power generated during the day and will be determined through a reverse auction, the off-peak tariff for energy generated during off-peak hours has been fixed for a flat tariff payment of INR 2.70 ($0.038) per kWh.

Eligible renewable energy technologies are wind, solar or wind-solar hybrid power. All proposed projects may be developed anywhere in India on build-own-operate (BOO) basis assuring peak power supply and must be accompanied with energy storage systems (ESS) with minimum rated capacity being equal to the contracted capacity of the project.

Irrespective of the ESS technology, all projects selected must supply a minimum of 6-hour peak power supply on a daily basis. Along with project development, winners will also be required to set up a dedicated transmission network up to the interconnection point.

Minimum capacity to bid for under the tender is 50 MW, the maximum is 300 MW. The highest capacity allocation to a single bidder will be 600 MW.

SECI will sign power purchase agreement (PPA) with successful HPDs with 25-year validity and will sell the power to different buying utilities of India.

Last date for bid submission is September 17, 2019. Detailed request for selection (RFS) documents can be viewed on SECI’s website.

Earlier in July 2019, SECI had issued a 1.2 GW ISTS-VI solar power tender in Madhya Pradesh while issuing 1.2 GW solar under ISTS-V (see SECI Tenders 2.4 GW Solar With ISTS Connectivity).

NTPC 20 MW floating solar tender

Another state-owned entity, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), has issued an invitation for bids (IFB) for 20 MW floating solar power project at the reservoir of its Auraiya Gas Power Plant in Dibiyapur in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district. While the IFB does not say, this looks like a retender since NTPC had originally launched a tender for the same capacity in December 2018 (see 20 MW Floating PV Tender In India).

The latest tender conditions broadly define scope of work as design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, installation and commissioning of the grid connected project whose minimum capacity is 20 MW. Operation and maintenance of the project for 3 years will also be the responsibility of the winner.

Tender documents may be purchased till August 20, 2019 and bid submission will be allowed till September 5, 2019. Tender details are available on NTPC’s tender website.

Anu Bhambhani

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