The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has invited bids to
develop a 250 MW solar project at the Kadapa Solar Park in Andhra Pradesh. The
project is to be developed under the National Solar Mission (NSM) Phase-II,
Batch-II, Tranche-I; and will mark the completion of Tranche-I. The last date
for bid submission is December 7, 2016.
An official at NTPC confirmed that this is a retendering.
The project had initially been tendered in March 2016, but was scrapped due to
a delay. The project is to be commissioned over a 13-month period, from the
date of signing of power purchase agreement (PPA).
With this 250 MW project, NTPC has completed its quota of
installations (3,000 MW) mandated under NSM, Phase-II, Batch-II, Tranche-I.
source at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) commented, “Since Tranche-I is complete, the MNRE
will soon launch Tranche-II.” Upon
being asked about the delay in launching Tranche-II, the MNRE official continued,
“The bundling program that MNRE had
utilized in Tranche-I has diminished in relevance and the Ministry is thinking of
other options and reviewing them. Once that is done, Tranche-II installations
will begin in full force.”