Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) said on Monday that it will shortly float tenders for putting up 2300 mw of solar power projects. Alongside, SECI said it has also signed Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with various stakeholders for 3,200 MW of solar power.
SECI’s Managing Director Ashvini Kumar said the corporation is committed to finalise 5,500 MW of solar energy in next few years for which PPAs to produce 3,200 MW are already in place. Tendering process for the remaining 2,300 MW of solar power projects are at various stages of implementation, he said at a conference on ‘Roadmap to Achieve 175 GW Renewable Energy by 2022’.
Kumar also said that tendering for 100 MW of rooftop solar power projects have already been approved for government buildings as a separate package by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.
“Following encouragement from the government to spur up and promote Make in India, the SECI has been specifying in its tendering documents a domestic content in solar power plants to also ensure level playing,” Kumar said.
According to him, Tamil Nadu has taken a lead in putting up solar power projects to a total capacity of 1,590 MW followed by Rajasthan and Gujarat with 1,370 MW and 1,158 MW respectively, whereas Andhra Pradesh has succeeded in creating a substantial solar capacity in its geographical landscape.
M Kamalakar Babu, managing director, New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of AP said the state will set up an energy university is for which a draft bill would be produced in the state Assembly in its budget session.