India’s NTPC invites bids for 750MW of solar in Karnataka

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The capacity will be split into six blocks of 125MW projects. Flickr: Vinoth Chandar

India’s largest utility NTPC has invited bids for the development of 750MW of solar capacity at the Pavagada Solar Park in the southern state of Karnataka.

The capacity will be split into six blocks of 125MW projects. The tender is for the design, engineering, manufacturing, supply, packing and forwarding, transportation, unloading, storage, installation and commissioning of the grid-connected plants. Cells and modules can be procured from anywhere in the world under open category.

Successful bidders will also provide O&M services for a five-year period.

In January, Indian state-owned power equipment manufacturer Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) won an order to build three extra high voltage (EHV) substations to transmit power from the multi-GW Pavagada solar park, which has already seen several tenders for PV capacity.

In the same month, Karnataka also tripled its solar target to 6GW, in line with central government targets, but capped individual project sizes for this additional capacity at 100MW each.

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