SECI floats tender for 1,200 MW of ISTS-connected wind projects

Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has invited bids for 1,200 MW of interstate transmission system-connected wind power projects under Tranche-IX. A tariff cap of Rs 2.85 per kWh has been set by SECI for this tender. . According to tender guidelines, the developers can submit bids for project sizes varying from 50 MW to 600 MW. In a positive step, the tender has provided a list of substations to which the projects can be connected. These substations are located in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The project will be developed on a build-own-operate basis and the selected developers will have to commission projects within a period of 18 months from the date of signing of PPAs.

At the Wind Power in India conference organised by Renewable Watch, SECI’s managing director, Jatinder Nath Swain shared that, “the states rich in wind resources have already signed power purchase agreements for a large amount of wind power. For them, unless their demand goes up dramatically, they will not be able to absorb any more substantial amount of wind power. So, the wind power has to be transported to other states. This was one of the primary reasons for which SECI tendered substation-wise wind power capacity under Tranche VIII.”

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