NTPC tenders for energy storage combined with 30MW of new and existing solar in Andaman and Nicobar islands, Mahindra closes financing on 250MW Rewa solar project with Yes Bank, Vikram Solar commissions 100kW rooftop solar project for Indian Oil Corporation.
India needs to pick up the pace of its solar tendering to stay in touch with its ambitious targets, but recent low bids have caused widespread reworking of state tenders, according to consultancy firm Mercom Capital Group.
India’s current template for solar power procurement is up for review. Record low tariffs in Rewa have inspired this re-examination. Jasmeet Khurana, associate director, consulting, Bridge to India, looks at how different states and utilities are reacting to the new procurement landscape.
Last week saw solar prices in India blast the Asian giant’s energy sector into a new era, but what happened to all the fears about project viability and unrealistic bidding? PV Tech caught up with financiers and analysts to discuss a new financial environment.
After 33 hours of bidding, Mahindra Renewables, Acme Solar and Solenergi Power have emerged triumphant in the 750MW solar auction in Madhya Pradesh, with the lowest price smashing records at just INR2.97/kWh (US$0.044) in year one before an annual escalation kicks in.
The Indian state of Madhya Pradesh plans to extend its guarantee to developers bidding for capacity in the 750MW Rewa Ultra Mega Solar Park, so that payments will be met by the government in the case of any default from the off-takers.