931 MW of Solar Tendered and 504 MW of Solar Auctioned in January 2017, in India

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 Rajasthan.

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 Pradesh.

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.

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