UPDATED: Winning bids in a 550MW solar auction in Uttar Pradesh, India, have come out between INR 3.02-3.08/kWh (US$0.0429-0.0437), a notable drop from 3.17-3.23 rupees in its most recent 500MW auction in October.
The Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has drawn lowest bids of more than 3 rupees per unit for its latest 500MW solar auction, but these were still significantly lower than tariffs from its 1GW auction that was annulled over the summer.
Up to 500MW of solar is likely to be able to compete in Ireland’s first auction to bring forward new renewable electricity projects when it takes place in 2019, according to Solar Media market research analyst Lauren Cook.
The lowest bid quoted in Indian state-run utility NTPC’s auction for 2GW of interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected solar was INR2.59/kWh (US$0.037), a 14 paisa rise from the L1 tariff in the most recent 2GW PV auction in India.
The Irish government has approved the country’s long-awaited Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS), with the first auction set to take place in 2019 after state aid approval has been secured from the European Union.
Indian firm Acme Solar has matched its record – the lowest ever solar bid in India – once again during Solar Energy Corporation of India’s (SECI) 3GW Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) solar auction.
Tariffs in a 1GW solar auction in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh have hit INR3.48-3.55/kWh (US$0.051-0.052), which is significantly higher than bids in other recent Indian auctions for a range of reasons, including a history of PPA renegotiations.