Govt to Invite EoI for 1000 MWh BESS as Pilot Project

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Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), has called for the expression of interest for procurement of 1000 MWh BESS. This will be published along with the RFS bid document and the draft comprehensive guideline for procurement and utilization of BESS as a part of generation, transmission and distribution assets and with all ancillary services.

Government has given go ahead for inviting the expression of interest for installation of 1000 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) as a pilot project. This is the joint effort of both Ministry of New and renewable energy and Ministry of Power who have been working on this to provide a road map for the installation of the energy storage system in the country, said the statement.

Based on the suggestions and the feedback from various stakeholders, the final RFS document will be floated in the first week of November 2021, along with the final comprehensive guidelines for procurement and utilization of BESS as a part of generation, transmission and distribution assets and with all ancillary services.

In order to support the ambitious goal of achieving 450 GW renewable energy target of MNRE by 2030, it is important that it gets duly supported with installation of energy storage systems (battery energy storage system, hydro pump storage plants, said the statement.

Going forward, India will be using energy storage system for various business cases like renewable energy along with the energy storage system, Energy storage system as grid element to maximize the use of transmission system and strengthening grid stability and also to save investment in the augmentation of transmission infrastructure. Storage as an asset for balancing services and flexible operation. The system operator i.e. load dispatchers (RLDCs and SLDCs) may use storage system for frequency control and balancing services to manage the inherent uncertainty/variations in the load due to un-generation. Storage for distribution system i.e. it may be placed at the load centre to manage its peak load and other obligations. As a merchant capacity by the energy storage system developer and sell in the power market, stated the release.

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