India Builds 10 GW Wind-Solar Hybrid Energy Project Pipeline

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Hybrid renewable energy systems (HRES) are becoming popular as stand-alone power systems for providing electricity in remote areas due to advances in renewable energy technologies. A hybrid energy system, or hybrid power, usually consists of two or more renewable energy sources used together to provide increased system efficiency as well as greater balance in energy supply.

In power engineering, the term ‘hybrid’ describes a combined power and energy storage system. Examples of power producers used in hybrid power are photovoltaics, wind turbines, and various types of engine-generators. Hybrid systems provide a high level of energy security through the mix of generation methods and often will incorporate a storage system (battery, fuel cell) or small fossil-fueled generator to ensure maximum supply reliability and security 

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) in the year 2019-20 has launched, floated, or processed tenders In total approximately capacity of 10GW through integrated solutions with Renewables, Storage, and Coal.

The distribution of 10GW is as follows: 1.2 GW for the 1st SECI Peak Power Tender which is closed. The 400MW for the SECI Round-the-Clock tender, the bid submission has been closed and bidders are waiting for results. 1.2GW for the third SECI Wind+Solar Hybrid auction which is currently under process. 5GW tender for Coal coupled with renewable energy which is also under process. 1.2GW for the second SECI Peak Hour Tender the results are being announced. SECI might also float a fourth Wind+Solar Hybrid auction which will be announced by the end of 2020.

Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd. (SECI) is a company of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Government of India, established to facilitate the implementation of the National Solar Mission (NSM). It is the only Central Public Sector Undertaking dedicated to the solar energy sector. The company’s mandate has been broadened to cover the entire renewable energy domain The company is responsible for the implementation of several government schemes such as the VGF schemes for large-scale grid-connected projects under NSM, solar park scheme and grid-connected solar rooftop scheme, along with a host of other specialized schemes such as defense scheme, canal-top scheme, and Indo-Pak border scheme. Besides, SECI has ventured into solar project development on turnkey basis for several PSUs.

In March, Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI) has floated a tender of 5000 MW of Round-the-Clock (RTC) Power from Grid-Connected Renewable Energy (RE) Power Projects, complemented with Power from Coal based Thermal Power Projects in India under Tariff-based Competitive Bidding (RTC-II) for Selection of RE Power Developers.The minimum and maximum Project capacity for each project shall be 500 MW and 5000 MW respectively. Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) of INR 5 Lakh/ MW per Project in the form of Bank Guarantee shall be submitted by the Bidder along with their bid. Bank Guarantee should be valid for 09 months from the last date of bid submission. The Net Worth of bidder to participate should be equal to or greater than INR 1.5 Crores per MW of the quoted capacity, as on the last date of previous Financial Year.

On 6th February, SECI issued an RfS for setting up of 14 MW solar power plants with 42 MWh Battery Energy Storage Systems in Leh and Kargil. Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) will be for a period of 25 years. The maximum Levelized tariff payable to the Project Developer is fixed at INR 2/ kWh for 25 years. Under the Prime Minister Development Package (PMDP), The projects will be developed at Leh and Kargil as 7 MW/ 21 MWh projects each. This project has been planned on the “Build Own Operate” basis and in line with the terms and conditions of this RfS the projects which are selected shall be given “Viability Gap Funding” (VGF).

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