Bihar signs an agreement with SECI to get 24X7 green power

The Bihar State Power Holding Company Limited (BSPHCL) has signed an agreement with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a Central Government-owned PSU, to provide clean electricity to Bodh Gaya and Rajgir, two cultural centres and major tourist attractions. Reportedly,  Bihar will be the first state in the country to provide two towns with clean, green electricity 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The power sales agreement covered 210 MW of renewable energy. 

Reportedly, the excess solar energy generated throughout the day will be used to run the turbines that pump and store water in the reservoir upstream, as well as generate hydel pump storage power through it in the evening. H hybrid power will be generated in Andhra Pradesh and made available to Bihar by December 2023. The action will not only assist the grid decarbonize, but it will also meet the state entity’s regulatory purchase obligation.

Earlier this month, SECI requested proposals for the design, engineering, supply, construction, erection, testing, and commissioning of a 22 MW overburden dump-based solar project at the Singareni Collieries Company Ramagundam site in Telangana. The winning bidder will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of the project for ten years. The bid submission deadline is June 15, 2022.