Indian state utility National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids for 750MW of solar PV projects in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

The tender is for six projects of 125MW each located at Anantpur.

The inivitation was put out today and technical bidding will open on 29 October this year.

Mercom Capital Group’s latest quarterly report on India said that members of the solar industry are concerned about NTPC’s plans to set up solar manufacturing in India and to enter the commercial solar market.

Solar developers, manufacturers and investors that Mercom spoke with viewed this direct competition as a negative development for the industry.

This week NTPC has also invited bids for 100MW of solar PV projects in the state of Uttar Pradesh under the National Solar mission (NSM) Phase-II, Batch-II, Tranche-I.

The bids will be for 10 projects with a capacity of 10MW each.

NTPC was also reported to be inviting bids for dollar-based solar power contracts in order to encourage foreign investment in its ambitious solar programme.