India invites bids for 300 MW of solar+storage projects

Bids for the first ever solar projects to include storage at scale have been invited in the latest round of tenders in India.

The trial program, first announced in March, involves the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, as well as the Solar Energy Corp. of India (SECI), who will implement 300 MW of solar+storage large-scale projects and will seek two initial, 50 MW bids in Andhra Pradesh.

These solar projects will also be developed with a 5 MW/2.5 MWh battery storage system included, and the same specifications are also being outlined for four 50 MW solar parks in Karnataka. The relatively small size of the storage component will not exert too much price pressure on the projects,said Tarun Kapoor, joint secretary at the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

"A five billion rupee [$74.3 million] solar project will become costlier only by about 100 million rupees, and the government is also extending support," Kapoor told Bloomberg.

According to SECI, the initial sale of tender documents will commence on today, July 25, with the final dates for submission set at September 8 for Andhra Pradesh and September 9 for Karnataka.