India has issued its second solar power storage tender as it looks to expand its capabilities to efficiently absorb the rapidly increasing solar power capacity in the existing grid.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) issued tender to set up 200 MW solar power capacity along with storage facility. The power generation capacity shall come up in Karnataka’s Pavagada solar power park. Projects will be auctioned in the size of 50 MW each with each project having storage capacity of 2.5 MWh.

Pavagada solar power park is among around 25 solar power parks approved by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy. The planned capacity of the solar power park is 5 GW which would make it among the largest power projects in India.

NTPC Limited has already auctioned 500 MW capacity for the solar park. The capacity was allocated to six developers who are free to choose Indian or imported solar power modules for their projects. Adani Power, Tata Power Renewable Energy and Fortum India secured 100 MW capacity each at tariff of Rs 4.79/kWh (US¢7.9/kWh).

More capacity is expected to be auctioned soon by NTPC Limited as well as SECI.

This new tender comes only days after SECI issued the first solar power storage tender of 100 MW capacity for the 1 GW Kadapa solar power park in Andhra Pradesh.

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