NTPC tenders 1 GW of solar projects in India
India's largest thermal power producer NTPC has issued a tender for the development of up to 1,000 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects in India, under the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) program, Phase-II Tranche-I. Bidders can submit solar PV projects ranging between 50 MW and 300 MW until 15 July 2019. The projects will have to use domestically produced solar PV cells and modules only and will be built on a turnkey basis across the entire Indian territory. NTPC will select the projects through a reverse auction that will be held later in 2019.
The second phase of the CPSU scheme was issued in March 2019 and foresees the development of 12 GW of grid-connected PV projects by government producers with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) support. The projects will be developed over a 4-year period, from fiscal year 2019-2020 (April 2019-March 2020) to fiscal year 2022-2023. The produced electricity will be dedicated for the self-consumption of government entities either directly or through distribution companies (Discoms). SECI already issued a 2 GW CPSU solar tender in March 2019.
In addition, the Bihar Renewable Energy Development Agency (BREDA) has issued a tender for 250 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects in the state of Bihar in northern India. The minimum size for a single bid will be 25 MW and bids will be submitted until 10 July 2019. The tender is expected to boost Bihar's solar capacity, as only 10 projects totalling 100 MW are operating.
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