Telangana hopes to add 500 MW solar power projects in 10 months
Telangana is hopeful of adding about 500 mw solar power in 10 months. The state called for tenders for 500 mw recently and is said to have good received good response. The projects would be through reverse auction. Once the agreements are signed, the project developers would have ten months to commission their projects.
Accordingly, the state is making all out efforts to meet the power demand. It is spending about Rs15 crore a day in purchasing power from various sources.The state has already imposed a two day power holiday every week for the industries. There is a shortfall for about 20 million units every day. Hence, the focus is on creating additional capacity and solar projects offer a short to midterm option.
The Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company of Telangana had asked for bids for setting up of 2 mw to 200 mw capacities in nine districts of the Telangana State. It now secured about 108 applications. About 1,000 mw solar power project were planned before the division of the state. Then the benchmark price was Rs 6.49 per unit. This time the price is likely to be increased to Rs7 a unit, which was lower than Rs 8.50 the state was paying for buying power from other sources.
Source: Deccan chrinicle
Andhra Pradesh government had last month issued its own 500 mw solar power tender.“We expect the price to be around Rs7 a unit this time but the government should ease up the procedures,” said Narendra Surana, managing director of Surana Ventures, which is into solar module making and is also an EPC player. Surana said about 15 mw was established in the recent times.
Meanwhile, Telangana CM K Chandrashekar Rao last week held meetings with Anil Sardana, CMD of Tata Power. Rao requested the Tata group to consider investing for the integrated development of Hyderabad.
In response, Tata Power offered to establish a 1,000 mw thermal power plant in Telangana, which would be able to produce power in two years. Sardana offered Tata’s services in adding biomass and solar power capacity in the state.
The TRS government has also proposed solar street lights 10,000 villages in Telangana and for this it would partner NIRD, which has been promoting solar energy. NIRD was asked to develop a concept for Telangana covering solar lighting, maintenance and training of rural persons.
“We will train the village youth in the solar lighting segment. Capacity building would foster entrepreneurship,” said Sivaram, faculty and project director. Similar programmes have been held for youth of many states.