SECI invites bids for 20 MW solar project with energy storage

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has invited bids for the development of a 20 MW solar power project with a 50 MWh battery energy storage system. The project will be installedin Phyang in the Leh district of the union territory of Ladakh. Developers will be responsible for the design, engineering, procurement, supply, testing, packing, associated civil works, installation, transmission lines, testing, and commissioning of the storage-integrated solar project. They will also have to provide ten years of comprehensive operations and maintenance services for the project. As per the tender document, the monocrystalline and bifacial modules used in the construction of the solar power plant must be domestically manufactured and be included in the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers under the guidelines ofthe Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.Developers will not be required to submit an earnest money deposit and the deadline for the submission of bids is February 10, 2021.

As of December 2020, SECI has issued 373 MW of storage integrated solar tenders. Efforts have also been underway to tap the renewable energy potential in Ladakh. In February 2020,  SECI issued a tender for the development of 14 MW of solar projectswith a 42 MWh battery energy storage system. In October 2020, Military Engineer Services, a state-owned infrastructure development agency, invited bids for 3MW of solar projects at two locations with 1.5MW at each location in Leh, Ladakh. In June 2020, NHPC Limited announced its plans to develop 50 MW of solar power project and three hydropower plants with a cumulative capacity of 155 MW in Ladakh.

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