The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) on Friday (July 9) released a tender for the Design, Engineering, Supply, Construction, Erection, Testing & Commissioning of 100 MW (AC) Solar PV Project with Land having 15 years Plant O&M At Chhattisgarh. SECI had earlier issued a tender for land parcels in the state for 100 MW solar projects too, linked to another project.
Chhattisgarh is a coal powerhouse, with its many coal mines providing coal to thermal plants across the country. The state has also lagged behind on renewable energy uptake thanks to its naxal problem, leading to some of the lowest solar capacities in the country when considered by area.
This 100 MW project, if successful, will be one of the largest solar plants in the state, even as a 250 MW solar plant for captive power was announced earlier by a private enterprise.
The project also refers to the BCD regime expected to kick in from April 2022, and makes it clear that it will not be considered a change in aw event.