India's Uttar Pradesh announces 300 MW solar bidding process

The state government of Uttar Pradesh – one of the leading lights of India’s potential-rich solar market – has put out a request for proposal (RfP) inviting bidders to compete for a total of 300 MW of solar PV capacity via the country’s competitive bidding process.

The Uttar Pradesh New and Renewable Energy Development Agency has imposed a bid deadline of September 8, and also announced on its website an additional auction of 20 MW aimed at smaller-scale solar developers keen on building PV projects of under 5 MW.

Under India’s National Solar Mission, Uttar Pradesh has targeted a cumulative PV installation capacity of 500 MW by 2017, and has already agreed six power purchase agreements (PPAs) with leading developers, including Azure Power India Pvt., and Moser Baer India Ltd. These six PPAs are worth a combined 130 MW, with the state agreeing to purchase PV power at a rate of $133 per MWh.

Further ahead, Uttar Pradesh has earmarked 1 GW of installed solar PV capacity by 2020, also as part of the National Solar Mission, as it and other states seek to ease off their reliance on expensive and polluting coal.