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Published on February 25th, 2016 | by Saurabh Mahapatra


India Plans 750 MW Solar Power Park With 100 MW Storage Capacity

February 25th, 2016 by  

One of the largest solar power parks under India’s National Solar Mission will have provisions for storage as well.

According to media reports, the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is expected to release a tender for a 750 MW solar power park at Ananthapuramu, in Andhra Pradesh. The solar power park shall also include provisions for storage of up to 100 MW.

Calling it a first-of-its-kind tender, Ashvini Kumar, Managing Director of SECI, said that every prospective bidder for the tender shall be required to set a small storage unit as well.

The solar power park at Ananthapuramu is expected to have an overall capacity of 1.5 GW, according to the latest information released by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, making it one of the largest solar power park in India. Another solar power park of 1 GW capacity has also been approved in the state.

While Kumar admitted that adding battery-based storage to the solar power park will increase the final tariff of electricity generated, it will smooth the process of integrating such a large solar power park with the existing grid.

The solar power park will be developed by Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Private Limited, a joint venture company of SECI, Andhra Pradesh Generation, and the New & Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh (NREDCAP). SECI will be responsible for floating tender for the project and complete the auction process.

The Ananthapuramu solar power park is one of over 30 such projects planned by the Ministry of New & Renewable Energy under India’s National Solar Mission. The solar power park program is a key component of India’s target to have 100 GW of solar power capacity operational by March 2022.

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  • Aditya

    While I appreciate how solar is being pursued so aggressively, I cant help but think there is going to be a massive glut and grid related issues for evacuation of power.
    Very few projects for strengthening the grid are being mentioned and PLF for the past year for the power sector has been in the low 60s the past year.
    Will be interesting to see if the electrification drive of the Prime Minister result in the expected growth of power consumption the coming years.

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    • Sreehari Variar

      When I have 300 million people not connected to the grid, I wouldn’t lose my sleep over an electricity glut. I understand your concerns about evacuation, but I’m sure the government is on top of it.

    • Simple INDIAN

      Railways is one that will be consumer for excess electricity generation as it intends to buy at Open Market Rates.

    • Mihir Thakkar

      more factories are being set up under make in india initiative so that power produced can be utilised by factories to develop goods and create jobs and enrich the people of india

    • Calamity_Jean

      “…grid related issues for evacuation of power. “

      Do you mean “transmission”? The process of moving the electricity from solar (or wind) farm to the user?

      • Aditya

        In part, yes. But in this sector, there are numerous issues in even supplying the power to the grid itself. Unless its a solar park from a central government scheme, the developers typically have to set up the infrastructure itself to connect the project to the grid.

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