Daily News Wrap-Up: NTPC Floats 250 MW/500 MWh Battery Storage Tender

USITC approves investigation into solar imports from Southeast Asia

June 14, 2024


NTPC has invited bids to develop 250 MW/500 MWh standalone Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) at its thermal power stations in Gadarwara and Solapur. The last day to submit the bids is July 18, 2024. Bids will be opened on the same day. The cost of the bidding documents is ₹22,500 (~$269) for Indian bidders and $500 for foreign bidders. All bids must accompany a bid security of ₹100 million (~$1.19 million) for Indian bidders and $1.19 million for foreign bidders. Bidders should have manufactured and supplied batteries for 40 MW or higher grid-connected BESS, of which at least one system should have a 10 MW capacity or higher. The reference BESS must have operated for at least six months before the bid opening date.

The United States International Trade Commission has decided to proceed with investigations into crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules originating from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. The Commission concluded that there is a reasonable indication that these imports, allegedly sold in the U.S. at unfairly low prices and subsidized by their respective governments, are causing material injury to the U.S. industry. It also found a reasonable indication that the U.S. industry is threatened with material injury because of subsidized imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells from Cambodia.

NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam has invited bids to select channel partners for the installation of grid-connected solar systems under the PM Surya Ghar: Muft Bijli Yojna in the districts of Uttar Pradesh covered under four distribution companies (DISCOMs). The four DISCOMs are Purvanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam, Dakshinanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam, Madhyanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam, and Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam. The last date to submit bids for the four zones is June 27, 2024. Bids will be opened the next day. Bidders must pay a bid security of ₹2 million (~$23,941.27) for each zone. Channel partners must gather all necessary information under the program as outlined in the MNRE draft guidelines.

Samastipur division of East Central Railway in Bihar has invited bids to install 10 MW of ground-mounted solar power projects at various locations on a design, build, finance, operate, and transfer basis. The projects will be developed in two capacity ranges — (i) above 500 kW and up to 1 MW and (ii) above 1 MW and up to 5 MW. Bidders can quote for one or all the capacities. The projects must be commissioned within 240 days of receiving the work order. The developers must also provide comprehensive operation and maintenance services for 25 years. The last day to submit bids is July 18, 2024. Bids will be opened on the same day.


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