SECI To Floats 1000 MW Tender For Battery Energy Storage System

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Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has floated tender in November for setting up 1000 MW Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) as a pilot project after an overwhelming response to the expression of interest in this regard, a senior official said.

Earlier, MNRE and SECI had jointly organised a meeting, which saw a huge response from the stakeholders ranging from battery manufacturers, system integrators and financing agencies.

Around 300 participants had registered for the meeting and more than 250 participants participated in it, which was hosted by SECI on a virtual platform, the official told PTI.

The participants comprising important project developers, OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) as well as gigawatt manufacturers were welcomed by the Power Secretary, who highlighted key aspects of the government guidelines and the immediate road map for installation of 4,000 by the Union Power Minister.

The presentation was followed by a fruitful deliberation on the primary aspects of the project, which broadly included project location, performance criteria, applicability of relevant regulations, etc., the official said.

Potential bidders were assured of full cooperation and facilitation by government agencies, as the success of this 1,000 MW pilot capacity is critical to pave the way for rapid deployment of large-scale standalone BES capacity in the country, he said.

The concerns of the participants related to the draft guidelines (for procurement and utilization of BESS as part of generation, transmission and distribution assets and all ancillary services) and tender documents were duly noted, some of which were addressed during the meeting itself.

The participants were asked to submit their queries/suggestions on the draft documents by writing to SECI, latest by November 7, 2021.

Based on the comments received, the guidelines will be finalized and issued soon, followed by the publication of tender documents by SECI, he added.

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