350 MW is Operational; 650 MW to be Commissioned
The entire Kurnool Ultra Mega Solar Park of 1,000 MW
capacity is expected to be connected to the grid by the end of April 2017. The
Kurnool Solar Park is being implemented by Andhra Pradesh Solar Power
Corporation Private Limited (APSPCPL), a joint venture of Government of India
and State Government of Andhra Pradesh under the National Solar Mission
Phase-II, Batch-II, State Specific Bundling Program.
to the Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, the
National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) had conducted the first e-reverse
auction for the Kurnool Park and SunEdison (now Greenko after acquisition) won
the bid to develop 500 MW in November 2015 by quoting Rs.4.63 (~$0.071)/kWh - lowest
quoted tariff at that time. In December 2015, SBG Cleantech won a bid to
develop 350 MW by quoting Rs.4.63 (~$0.071)/kWh; Azure Power won a bid to
develop 100 MW by quoting Rs.5.12 (~$0.079)/kWh; and Adani won a bid to develop
50 MW by quoting Rs.5.13 (~$0.079)/kWh. Azure and Adani bids were under the Domestic
Content Requirement (DCR) category.
The power purchase agreements for these projects were signed
in March 2016. SBG Cleantech was the first to complete its project, and before
March 31, 2017, the entire 350 MW was added to the grid. Their system is fully
operational and feeding power to the grid, stated an official at APSPCPL.
The official further stated that the entire Kurnool Solar Park
is expected to be connected to the grid by the end of April 2017. The 500 MW
being developed by Greenko will be online within two weeks (the inspection work
has been completed by the government officials and the entire capacity power
induction will take place within two weeks), added the APSPCPL official.
The official further commented that Azure will be
commissioning 30 MW out of its awarded 100 MW in a couple of days and the remaining
70 MW by the end of April. Adani is developing 50 MW and has been asked by the
APSPCPL to expedite the process so that commissioning can be done by end of
April, added the APSPCPL official.
these projects are connected, the state of Andhra Pradesh will have nearly 1.4
GW of operational utility-scale solar projects.