Tamil Nadu Invites Applications for Geo-Technical Study of 500 MW Kadaladi Solar Park

Last date for the submission of the bid is January 31, 2019


Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) has issued a tender for conducting geo-technical investigation to establish a 500 MW Kadaladi solar park in Ramanathapuram district of the state.

The last date for the submission of bids is January 31, 2019.

To be eligible for this tender, a contractor should have executed similar work for a value of at least ₹1,00,000 (~$1,405.19) in the past three years in a single contract.

According to Mercom’s India Solar Project Tracker, Tamil Nadu is one of the leading solar states with 2.4 GW of installed solar capacity with over 1.7 GW of projects in the development pipeline.

Recently,  the NLC India (NLCIL) announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tamil Nadu government to develop 2,640 MW of lignite-based thermal power projects and 1,000 MW of solar energy projects in the state. The MoU was signed between NLCIL and the TANGEDCO.

In November 2018, TANGEDCO tendered 500 MW of grid-connected solar PV projects and fixed ₹3 (~$0.04257)/kWh as the upper tariff ceiling.

In March 2018, TANGEDCO planned to tender 3 GW of renewable energy capacity. The capacity will consist of 1.5 GW of solar projects and 1.5 GW of wind power projects. In April 2018, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) approved the two petitions filed by the TANGEDCO seeking permission to go ahead with tenders of 1,500 MW of grid-connected solar and wind projects each.

In September 2018, TNERC fixed ₹3.97 (~$0.0549)/kWh as the pooled cost of power purchase that the TANGEDCO would pay to the generators of non-conventional energy sources (NCES).

Nitin is a staff reporter at Mercomindia.com and writes on renewable energy and related sectors. Prior to Mercom, Nitin has worked for CNN IBN, India News, Agricultural Spectrum and Bureaucracy Today. He received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Communication from Manipal Institute of Communication at Manipal University and Master’s degree in International Relations from Jindal School of International Affairs. More articles from Nitin Kabeer