Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Make in India logo with a backdrop of solar panels (Source)

Clean Power

4.8 GW Solar Power Capacity Up For Auction In India Over Next 6 Months

Originally published on Solar Love.

Make in India logo with a backdrop of solar panels (Source)Record capacity is expected to be up for auction in India’s solar power market over the next 6 months, giving a sneak peek of the expansive solar power program planned by the Indian government.

About 90% of the capacity to be floated for auction will be under the central government’s policies. The largest auction will have 750 MW capacity to be implemented in the western state of Rajasthan. The auction will be conducted by NTPC Limited and the capacity would add to its owned installed capacity. The company will also auction an additional 1 GW capacity under the mode in Madhya Pradesh and Telangana. For its own projects, NTPC Limited will hold auctions for a total capacity of 1,750 MW.

Acting as a nodal agency for the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), NTPC will auction 650 MW solar power capacity across 4 states. The power generated from these projects will be bundled with power generated from NTPC’s own coal-based projects. The largest of these auctions will have 400 MW capacity, which would be commissioned in Telangana. Jammu & Kashmir and Odisha will have 100 MW and 50 MW capacity installed, respectively, while the host state for the balance 100 MW capacity is yet to be decided.

The SECI will directly auction 37 MW of canal-top solar power capacity for implementation in 4 states. The largest among these will be for Uttaranchal where 20 MW capacity is scheduled to be auctioned. Karnataka will host 10 MW capacity, and Uttar Pradesh 6 MW and Kerala will have 1 MW capacity.

The SECI will also auction projects under the viability gap funding scheme wherein the prospective project developers would be required to bid for subsidy needed in capital cost investment for the project. A total capacity of 1,920 MW would be auctioned through this mode over the next 6 months. The largest auctions would have 500 MW capacity each and the projects shall be hosted in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Uttar Pradesh. Rajasthan would host 250 MW capacity, Kerala 100 MW, Uttaranchal 35 MW, Meghalaya 10 MW, and Lakhshadeep 5 MW capacity.

Only one state is expected to hold auctions under its solar power policy over the next 6 months. Karnataka will float a tender for 500 MW capacity this month.

I don't like paywalls. You don't like paywalls. Who likes paywalls? Here at CleanTechnica, we implemented a limited paywall for a while, but it always felt wrong — and it was always tough to decide what we should put behind there. In theory, your most exclusive and best content goes behind a paywall. But then fewer people read it! We just don't like paywalls, and so we've decided to ditch ours. Unfortunately, the media business is still a tough, cut-throat business with tiny margins. It's a never-ending Olympic challenge to stay above water or even perhaps — gasp — grow. So ...
If you like what we do and want to support us, please chip in a bit monthly via PayPal or Patreon to help our team do what we do! Thank you!
Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.

Written By

An avid follower of latest developments in the Indian renewable energy sector.


You May Also Like

Clean Power

One of India’s largest renewable energy companies, Tata Power Renewable Energy, has entered into a power purchase agreement for a solar-wind hybrid project.  The...

Clean Power

Indian solar module manufacturer Insolation Solar has secured funding from a World Bank-backed fund for expansion of its production line.  The funding was released...


We've already manufactured an awful lot of steel. There are hundreds of billions of tons of the stuff lying around, much of it obsolete.

Clean Transport

Lithium, lithium, lithium — as much as we cover the lithium market, there’s much more to cover. The lithium market is jumping. Below are...

Copyright © 2023 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.