India: SECI postpones 2 GW tender, extends manufacturing deadline

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has postponed the tender announcement for setting up a 2 GW Interstate Transmission System (ISTS) connected using solar PV power projects.

The project is divided into eight 250 MW plants to be installed across India. Under the ISTS, the power can be sold to states other than those in which the plant has been commissioned. One such example is the Rewa Ultra Solar Park in Madhya Pradesh, where 23% of electricity produced onsite will be sold to the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (DMRC).

The tender was to be rolled out on January 8, but has been postponed until further notice.

Solar manufacturing update

The last date for submitting expressions of interest (EoI) for setting up solar PV manufacturing facilities in India has been extended until January 29.

India also released a solar manufacturing policy draft in December, which is expected to come into force shortly.

The industry expects that a great number of Indian manufacturers could take advantage of this policy, increasing their existing capacity, particularly in light of the ongoing import duty act, which is intended to to protect the struggling domestic manufacturing sector from foreign distortions.

However, according to market data, the upcoming duties are not entirely favorable to all module manufacturers. AISIA, for example, opposes them.

SECI has also released a tender for the design, engineering, manufacture, supply, installation, erection, testing and commissioning of 5,000 LED-based solar home lighting systems, including two years annual maintenance contracts (AMC) under the Domestic Competitive Bidding scheme.