SECI tenders 400MW of floating solar in Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has tendered for 400MW of floating solar in the states of Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand.

The 250MW floating PV issuance for the southern state of Tamil Nadu will have its Request for Selection Document (RfS) along with a list of dams or water bodies made available from 29 March.

The 100MW issuance for the northern state of Jharkhand will have its Request for Selection Document (RfS) available from 20 March. It is to be located on the Getalsud reservoir in Ranchi.

Tendering activity for floating PV technology has started to proliferate in recent months across India. This includes a tender for 20MW of floating solar PV projects with 60MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) by SECI on a turnkey basis in the union territory of Lakshadweep, with other activity in Rajasthan, and at thermal power stations of state-run utility NTPC and others.

In January, consultancy firm Bridge to India said it expected up to 5GW of tenders to come out for floating PV in India in 2019.

Last November, Indian conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji won the country’s first major grid-connected floating solar tender for 50MW of capacity at a tariff of INR3.29/kWh (US$0.047) at Rihand dam in Uttar Pradesh.