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.
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.
Softbank's joint venture, SBG Cleantech has caught the eye by submitting a technical bid for the full 2GW capacity available in an Interstate Transmission System (ISTS)-connected solar tender from Indian state-run utility NTPC.
India has given the option to solar power procurers to extend the timelines for land acquisition, financial close and PV project commissioning, which should help developers working on interstate transmission system (ISTS)-connected plants.