- SECI has issued a general procurement notice (GPN) for a 160 MW solar-wind hybrid power plant with an energy storage solution
- It is aiming to assess the market scenario of this combination of technologies along with interested bidders
- The project will access $200 million of funding that SECI has applied for from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and Clean Technology Fund (CTF) to cover the cost of innovation in solar power and hybrid technologies
- The project could be located in Ananthapuramu in the Ramagiri district of Andhra Pradesh, India
- SECI will own the project and will sell this power to potential offtakers
- Developers will have time until Feb. 5, 2018, to express their interest in the project
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The Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) is inviting interested developers to indicate their willingness to participate in a tendering process for a 160 MW solar-wind hybrid power plant. The large-scale project will include an energy storage solution with a cumulative capacity of 160 MW.
The government agency has issued a special general procurement notice (GPN) for this project, which will be financed with funding from the World Bank. SECI has applied for $200 million in funding from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and Clean Technology Fund (CTF) to cover the cost of innovation in solar power and hybrid technologies. Part of this funding will be used to cover costs for payment of goods, works and services to be procured for this 160 MW project.
SECI intends to use this opportunity to “learn about the market scenario of a solar and wind hybrid project, along with suitable deployment of energy storage solutions, (…) and not to carry out the initial selection process or to finalize the contract award.”
The project location has temporarily been identified as Ananthapuramu, in the Ramagiri district of Andhra Pradesh, India. The broad scope of work includes the design, engineering, procurement and supply, construction and erection, testing, commissioning, and the associated transmission system with energy storage system. It will also involve comprehensive operation and maintenance for 5 years.
Developers will share common facilities that will be provided by the New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP). In addition, transmission evacuation facilities will be provided by Andhra Pradesh Transmission Co. Ltd. (AP Transco).
The project will be owned by SECI, and it will be the sole offtaker, selling the power to potential clients, including state distribution companies, by signing long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs).
The last date to submit requisite information is Feb. 5, 2018. More details about the project are available on SECI’s website.
Back in 2016, NREDCAP had published a draft policy on solar and wind hybrid capacity targeting 3 GW by 2019-2020, which it stated was part of the government’s renewable energy target of 18 GW by 2021-22. This would comprise 10 GW of solar power (see Andhra Pradesh ‘Wind Solar Hybrid Power’ Policy).
The state’s 2015 solar power policy was aiming for 5,000 MW of capacity within 5 years. As of Dec. 31, 2017, however, Andhra Pradesh had a cumulative PV capacity of just 2.14 GW, according to NREDCAP.