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SECI Floats EoI For Obtaining 1.8 GW Locally Built Solar Modules

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On January 3rd, the Solar Energy Corporation of India Ltd (SECI) submitted an expression of interest (EoI) last week for the sourcing of 1.8 GW of domestically produced photovoltaic (PV) modules, incorporating India-made cells.

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SECI is searching for vendors that can supply the modules before the end of the fiscal year in March 2024. Module makers that are interested in participating should answer back to the EoI by January 21, 2022.

SECI also states that only solar producers registered with the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) and are part of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s (MNRE) authorized solar modules and domestic manufacturers (ALMM) list would be eligible.

Bearing in mind the company’s objective of 60,000 MW of non-fossil energy capacity by 2032, it seeks to enter into long-term procurement partnerships for solar PV modules to build its renewable energy portfolio, either via immediate sourcing, tie-ups or contract manufacturing.

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The government firm stated that it has been recently granted 1.2 GW of undertakings under the Central Public Sector Undertaking (CPSU) scheme II (tranche III), for which it intends to acquire PV modules directly from manufacturers. The CPSU scheme requires the use of PV modules, including cells, manufactured in India.

NTPC, SJVN, Singareni Collieries Company, NHPC, NLC India, and IRCON International are among the other government organizations enforcing solar plants underneath the CPSU program.

India intends to install 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022. According to the most current pledges, it would strive for 500 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2030.

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