SunSource Energy has won the contract for developing 1.95 MW of solar power with a 2.15 MWh battery energy storage station (BESS) in Lakshadweep. The project has been awarded by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) following an auction. The project will power four islands on Lakshadweep: 300 kW at Agatti, 1,400 kW Kavaratti, 150 kW at BangaRam and 100 kW Thinnakara. The scope of the project includes design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, and commissioning of these plants. The developer will also be required to provide 10 years of comprehensive operation and maintenance of the plants from the date of successful commissioning. The project must be commissioned within twelve months from the date of signing the letter of award.
With increasing renewable energy penetration across the world, questions are being raised on the ability of renewables to replace conventional sources of energy for the generation of baseload power. To address these concerns, energy storage technologies have come to the fore. In India as well various new tenders are being floated for the development of renewable energy projects with battery storage. In fact, islands have a greater need for battery storage systems due to lack of connectivity with the grid.