It’s hard to keep up with all the big solar news coming out of India. One of the most recent stories worth noting is that Uttar Pradesh has put out a tender for 200 MW of solar PV power.The downside to the tender is that the state utility is just offering a power purchase agreement (PPA) for a 10-year period. Nonetheless, one would assume that any solar projects built would be used to send electricity to the grid for a much longer period of time. Solar panels last for decades, and some have speculated they may even produce a notable amount of electricity for a century.
Any bids selected for this offer are expected to receive approval by June 10, 2013.
As reported previously here on Solar Love, the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has formulated an energy roadmap aimed at adding 30 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2017, with solar as a significant portion of that. MNRE intends to get India’s solar capacity up from 2 GW to about 10 GW by 2017.