The state-run mining and power firm Neyveli Lignite Corporation (NLC) has issued a new tender for 2x10MW solar projects to be combined with just 8MWh of storage, down from the 28MWh of storage set for the original tender.
The capacity will be located at Attam Pahad and Dolly Gunj, Port Blair, South Andaman and the tender includes O&M services for a 10-year period.
After cancelling a major solar-plus-storage tender in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, even after holding an auction, NLC India has now released a new tender with a reduced energy storage component.
Indian solar EPC firm Mahindra Susten, the winner of the first scrapped auction, had expressed disappointment at the government’s meddling with the original tender, but said it was willing to continue working closely with the authorities on this promising hybrid technology.
Industry is ready for storage. The issuing of new tender has at least been swift and the industry is hoping that a successful auction can take place and then will be honored on this occasion.