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India Issues 2 GW Solar EPC Services Tender

The Solar Energy Corporation of India has finally issued the first of a very long list of tenders to increase the country’s solar power capacity.

The New Delhi-based government body has issued a 2 GW tender for engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services. The tenders are aimed at the development of large-scale utility solar PV power projects across various states in the country.

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has signed agreements with the governments of several states to set up ultra mega solar power projects. Agreements with 7 state governments representing 9.85 GW solar PV have so far been signed by the SECI. The largest of these agreements is with Rajasthan, where the SECI will oversee development of 2.7 GW worth of solar power capacity in partnership with state government agencies. The smallest of these agreements is for the development of 700 MW capacity in the state of Gujarat.

The SECI has not clarified where these EPC services will be first used, though the agency would ideally likely to commence development of all the projects simultaneously. EPC contractors would be required to develop 250 to 500 MW capacity each.

India plans to add about 97 GW of solar power capacity by 2022, including 20 GW capacity through ultra mega solar power projects with each project having a capacity of as much as 4 GW.

 
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Smiti works as a senior solar engineer at a reputed engineering and management consultancy. She has conducted due diligence of several solar PV projects in India and Southeast Asia. She has keen interest in renewable energy, green buildings, environmental sustainability, and biofuels. She currently resides in New Delhi, India.

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