India shows its PV prowess as solar plane lands in Ahmadabad


As the Solar Impulse 2 (Si2) aircraft landed in the Indian city of Ahmadabad on Wednesday, March 11, its two Swiss pilots urged the nation of 1.2 billion to continue its fight against climate change by backing the adoption of greater renewable energy.

Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg gave their backing to India’s ability to spread the message of clean technology adoption just hours before the government issued updated bidding guidelines for 3 GW of solar PV to be awarded under the country’s National Solar Mission.

According to the new guidelines, developers can bid for a minimum of 10 MW on a fixed, 25-year levelized tariff, confirmed the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). Contracts will be awarded to those developers that submit the lowest bids, and the process is set to be coordinated by state utility NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd.

The MNRE also issued a separate draft guideline setting out plans for an additional 2 GW of grid-connected PV capacity, which will also be rolled out under a bid process as India works towards achieving its ambitious goal of installing 100 GW of solar PV capacity by 2022.