Tamil Nadu which is one of the biggest solar and wind power generators in the country. The installed solar power generation capacity is about 2,700MW and for wind energy, it is 8,500MW.
It has decided to stop floating bids for solar and wind power farms — a reflection of its inability to give a commitment to investors on power evacuation and timely payment for evacuated power.
From now, the bids will be floated by Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI). The Tangedco’s tenders floated in the last two financial years did not evoke any response from investors.
Tangedco had floated tenders for 500MW each of solar and wind power following the TNERC giving its nod to the discom to float tenders for the last financial year.
The companies winning the tenders were supposed to complete the project in a year. But no firm participated in the bid.
If Tamil Nadu has to buy power from new solar and wind power farms to be set up in future, to fulfill its renewable power purchase obligation, it will have to buy from SECI.
Though the SECI will be floating the bids on behalf of Tangedco, the base tariff for the tenders will be decided by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC).
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