SECI Reissues NIT For 14 MW Solar Plant with BESS at Leh and Kargil

The MNRE has put a timeline between 2019-20 and 2020-21 for the completion of the project.

SECI Solar Plant

The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has issued a new Notice Inviting Tenders (NIT) seeking online bids for the development of 14 MW of solar PV power plant with linked 42 MWh of Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at two locations in Jammu and Kashmir.

The two systems (each 7 MW solar plant with 21 MWh BESS facility) will be developed at the Leh and Kargil divisions of the state.

The detailed Request for Selection Document (RfS) shall be available for downloading latest by May 31, 2019, onwards on

Earlier in March, the nodal agency had issued a similar NIT for the projects. At the time the RfS document was expected to be released on March 15, 2019. However, there was no further development on the tender or project.

In January, we reported that the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) under the order of the President of India has launched a new scheme for setting up Solar PV Projects with aggregate battery storage capacity in Leh & Kargil.

The lands for setting up of solar projects with battery storage will be facilitated by Ladakh Renewable Energy Development Agency (LREDA) and Kargil Renewable Energy Development Agency (KREDA) in their respective regions.

SECI will be responsible for fund management i.e. release of Viability Gap Funding (VGF) and will also monitor the performances post commissioning of the projects.

The project shall be implemented in Developer Mode with a fixed tariff of Rs 2 per unit with Viability Gap Funding (VGF) support. And, a maximum Viability Gap Funding (VGF) support of Rs182 crores will be provided to Solar Project Developers for setting up the project. The project will be selected through a process of open competitive reverse bidding on VGF to make available generated solar power at a pre-fixed tariff of Rs 2.0 per unit. The upper limit of VGF is Rs 13.00 Crore for 1 MW solar PV project with battery storage of 3 MWh.

The Ministry has put a timeline between 2019-20 and 2020-21 for the completion of the project.

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Ayush Verma

Ayush is a staff writer at and writes on renewable energy with a special focus on solar and wind. Prior to this, as an engineering graduate trying to find his niche in the energy journalism segment, he worked as a correspondent for