In a first in the country, Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited has issued NIT for Selection of Developers for setting up 300MW of grid connected Solar PV projects with Battery Energy Storage Systems(BESS) in the states of Andhra Pradesh (2*50 MW) and Karnataka (4*50 MW) under Phase II Batch IV of the National Solar Mission. The VGF ceiling remains the same as in previous roll outs i.e. up to Rs. 1 Crore/MW. The BESS sizes have been fixed at 5MW/2.5 MWh for each project. The introduction of BESS at the utility scale is aimed at renewable power integration that is posed as one of the biggest challenges in the coming decades, especially as India continues to ramp up the share of renewable energy generation in her total energy mix. One of  India’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for the period 2021 to 2030 includes  “To achieve about 40 percent cumulative electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel based energy resources by 2030…” (The complete document can be accessed here). The success of the scheme could pave the way for development of a huge market for large scale grid storage in the country as well as higher benchmarks for renewable power generators when injecting power into the grid.

RfS for Selection of Developers for 100 MW SPV Projects with Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in Kadapa Solar Park( AP) as part of the 5000 MW VGF Scheme under Phase II, Batch IV, Tranche V. The documents are available for download at TCIL’s website (https://www.tcil-india-electronictender.com/etshome/EtsHomePage.aspx)

Rfs for another 200 MW Projects in the Pavagada Solar Park, Karnataka are due soon.

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