Tamil Nadu, one of India’s strongest solar states, has issued a further call for national and international consortiums to express interest in developing a 500 MW solar park in the state.
The Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency (TEDA) is proposing the development of an ultra mega solar park on a contiguous piece of land at least 1,000 hectares in size and located in one of the state’s sunniest regions.
Potential developers are asked to apply online before May 5, with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) set to collaborate with the successful bidder on the development of the solar park. Upon completion, the park’s owner will have the option if signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a central, state or third-party utility, with the tariff rate set by either the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) or by the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC).
Meanwhile in Karnataka, the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has retendered 750 MW of solar at the state’s Pavagada Solar Park following a rapid effort by the state to bring levels of infrastructure and availability of evacuation up to scratch.
Initially tendered in 2016, the 750 MW of solar potential has remained unrealized due to these poor conditions on the ground. However, a NTPC official has confirmed that a suite of substations are being built to resolve this issue of evacuation and insufficient power infrastructure, which has prompted the retendering.
Details of the new project reveal that the tender will comprise six 125 MW solar farms, with developers asked to design, engineer, build, supply, maintain and report on the plants’ progress for at least five years after the date of successful completion. Read more