The finalisation of tender for the development of a 5.8 gigawatt (GW) solar power plants by state-owned Andhra Pradesh Green Energy Corporation Limited (APGECL) is a positive move and allows to supply uninterrupted free power during the day to the farmers, says data and analytics company, GlobalData.
APSPCL is a joint venture company between three government organisations namely Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a Govt. of India Enterprise, Andhra Pradesh Power Generation Corporation Ltd (APGENCO), a Govt. of Andhra Pradesh Undertaking and New and Renewable Energy Development Corporation of Andhra Pradesh Ltd (NREDCAP), a State Govt. Company.
The move forms part of a strategy to achieve 10 GW solar target for the farming needs of the state of Andhra Pradesh.
Reportedly, the successful bidders of the tender are Adani Renewable Energy Holding Twelve Limited (2.4 GW), Shirdi Sai Electricals Limited (2.2 GW), NTPC Limited 0.6 GW), Torrent Power Limited (0.3 GW) and HES Infra Private Limited (0.3 GW).
The tariffs for successful bids were in the range of INR2.47 to INR2.49 per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
Project Manager of Power at GlobalData, Pavan Vyakaranam, commented: “The tariffs under the 6.4 GW tender are 52 per cent lower than what the state government is currently procuring at and is set to reduce the financial burden on the government exchequer.”
A bid from Adani for the 600 megawatt (MW) Chandrasekharapuram Solar PV Park in Prakasam district was not finalised yet and is currently under further examination by the committee due to higher tariff of INR2.58 per kWh.
The tender failed to be anywhere near the record INR 1.99 per kWh tariff achieved by Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd’s (GUVNL) 500 MW auction in December 2020, as many developers mainly foreign or foreign-funded did not evince interest.
Mr Vyakaranam concludes: “It is important for the Andhra Pradesh government to implement these projects and regain investor confidence, especially in light of the cancellation of renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs) last year.”