India’s largest power generation company NTPC, that successfully auctioned 1.2 GW of capacity in its first wind energy tender recently, is now making its mark in the solar-wind hybrid. Calling upon developers to set up 60 MW of wind energy and 130 MW of solar power capacity, NTPC has issued its first tender for a solar-wind hybrid power project at Kudgi, in Karnataka.
Before issuing the tender, NTPC did a thorough research and development (R&D) by setting up small wind and solar PV projects of 2 MW and 1.7 MW, respectively on the site. Due to a positive result from this R&D, NTPC went ahead to launch the larger tender. Of a substantial capacity, the tender is one of the three tenders that are currently open for bidding in the country.