SECI hands out PPAs for 80 MW of solar in India


Solar momentum in India doesn’t look like diminishing anytime soon, as news of two more utility-scale PV plants was announced over the weekend, as GIPCL won tenders for projects at the Gujarat Solar Park. The two plants combined will add a further 80 MW to the country’s solar capacity, which currently sits at 7,805 MW according to an announcement by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy last week.

GIPCL announced that it had won the two 40MW bids, which were part of the e-Reverse auction held in June, on its website. The company then sent a filing to BSE that said that it had signed PPAs with SECI for both projects.

They will be built as part of the Solar Power Project at the Gujarat Solar Park in Charanka. GIPCL has put a notice up on its website inviting EPC bids for the two projects.

The new came just a couple of days after India’s Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan said that India’s 12 largest ports will also be developing over 80 MW of solar PV, from their own resources. The 82.64 MW of solar will be developed as part of the Green Port initiative, and will be spread across the ports of Kandla, Mumbai, JNPT, Marmugao, New Mangalore, Cochin, Chennai, Ennore, V O Chidambarnar, Visakhapatnam, Paradip and Kolkata.