India’s NTPC invites bids for 100MW local content solar in Karnataka

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India's largest utility NTPC is coming to the end of its 3GW solar mandate. Credit: NTPC

India’s largest utility NTPC has invited bids from developers to set up 100MW of solar PV projects in Pavagada Solar Park in Tumkur District of Karnataka under local content rules.

The Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) rules mandate solar equipment for the projects to be sourced from local companies.

The projects will be awarded in two batches of 50MW each. The tender comes as part of the National Solar Mission (NSM) Phase II, Batch II, Tranche I. Bids can be submitted online up to 28 July this year.

Consultancy firm Bridge to India recently reported that NTPC was coming to the end of its solar mandate, by nearing completion of its target of 3GW of project allocations.

The firm said that international developers have won a majority (58%) of NTPC projects, however Indian corporates have won the majority of the Solar Energy Corporation of India's (SECI) pipeline (62%) and state policy pipeline (51%).

Yesterday, SECI issued a request for selection (RfS) for 50MW of solar PV capacity in the state of Maharashtra also in the DCR category.

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