The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has requested Expressions of Interest (EoI) for the supply of 1,800 MW DC of solar modules, including cells manufactured in India, under the domestic content requirement (DCR) category.
SECI is presently pursuing projects with a total capacity of 1,200 MW as part of the Central Public Sector Undertaking II programme Tranche III. The nodal agency intends to buy the project modules directly from the manufacturers. SECI has requested EoI from solar cell and module manufacturers in order to examine module availability and commercial criteria. The bid submission deadline is January 21, 2022.
As per tender guidelines, the solar modules should be included in the Approved List of Models and Manufacturers (ALMM) issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The efficiency of the modules should be ≥ 19.5 per cent for mono PERC, ≥ 17.4 per cent for thin-film CdTe, and ≥ 17 per cent for multicrystalline. For crystalline silicon modules, the glass panel should have a transmittance of above 90 per cent, and the minimum thickness of the glass should be 3.2 mm.
In December 2021, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) announced the signing of a MoU with SECI for the construction of 10 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2040. BPCL and SECI will work together to expand commercial opportunities in renewable energy, including solar, wind, electric mobility, hydrogen, and waste-to-energy. Furthermore, under Scope 1 and Scope 2, both enterprises will act as a catalyst to expedite the BPCL’s journey to net-zero emissions.