In January 2017, 931 MW of solar was tendered in India,
compared to 1,776 in December
2016. January witnessed five times more capacity auctioned, compared to
December, in which 100 MW of solar was auctioned.
The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO),
in its push to comply with renewable purchase obligation (RPO), tendered 500 MW
of solar in Tamil Nadu. Sambhar Salts Limited, a subsidiary of Hindustan Salts
Limited, tendered a 100
MW solar project in Rajasthan.
In three separate announcements, the Solar Energy
Corporation of India (SECI) tendered 152 MW of solar in January. The SECI
tendered a 2
MW solar project at Kolkata Port Trust. In a domestic content requirement
(DCR) category tender in Rajasthan, the SECI announced a 100
MW solar project at Bhadla Phase-III Solar Park. The implementing agency
also tendered another 50
MW solar project under DCR category at Bhadla Phase-IV Solar Park in
The transportation sector also witnessed solar tenders; Central
Electronics Limited (CEL), a Government of India enterprise, tendered 100
MW of grid-connected rooftop solar to be installed on office buildings and
railway stations under railway zones.
Uttar Pradesh witnessed its first solar tender of the new
year. The National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) tendered a 30
MW solar PV project to be developed in the Jalaun district of Uttar
REC Power Trading Company Limited tendered 10
MW of grid-connected rooftop solar in Assam. The Indian Oil Corporation
Limited (IOCL) tendered a 3
MW ground-mounted solar project to fulfill energy demand at its bottling
plant in Kadapa.
Under DCR category, Bharat Electronics Limited tendered 36
MW of solar to be installed at three separate locations in Tamil Nadu and
Madhya Pradesh. January witnessed 186 MW tendered under the DCR category.
The Neyveli Lignite Corporation auctioned 500 MW of solar in
January and SPML won bids to develop 4 MW of solar rooftop in a SECI auction.