The Indian Government is preparing to open the second round of bidding for licenses to build solar power plants and is contemplating increasing the size and number of projects that can be awarded to individual companies, reports Bloomberg.
In India’s first solar auction last December, the maximum size of any given PV project was limited to 5MW. However, this is set to rise to 20MW or 25MW, according to Ashwini Kumar, the Government’s director at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
The ministry is also calling for feedback from the industry on whether it should scrap its legislation restricting the number of projects a company can be awarded; in the first round, successful bidders, such as Indian Oil and Mahindra & Mahindra, were entitled to build just one system.
As part of its National Solar Mission, India hopes to connect 1GW of systems to the national grid by 2013. In December round of bidding it awarded 620MW of that figure – 150MW to PV and 470MW to solar thermal projects.