Azure Power, a leading Indian solar power producer, has announced that it has won a 50 MW solar power project under the National Solar Mission (NSM) Phase II, Batch III, which was recently put up for auction by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). Azure Power secured 50 MW of the total 100 MW capacity auctioned and will supply power to SECI for 25 years. The project will be built in the Ananthapuramu Solar Park, which is being developed by the Solar Park Implementation Agency (SPIA), Andhra Pradesh Solar Power Corporation Limited (APSPCL).
The tariff on the project will be Rs 4.43 per kWh ($0.067) with an additional support of Rs 12.7 million per MW ($0.19 million) from the Government of India in terms of Viability Gap Funding (VGF). This makes the levelised tariff of this project significantly higher than the levelised tariff of the lowest bid, including VGF, under SECI auctions in NSM Phase II, Batch III.
Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Azure Power said, “Azure Power maintains a strong track record of winning projects under every phase of (the) National Solar Mission policy. With this win, we have once again demonstrated our strong project development capabilities. We are delighted to make a contribution towards the realisation of our Prime Minister’s commitment towards clean and green energy, through solar power generation.”
Azure Power has been among the most active participants in several solar power auctions since the launch of the solar power market in India. With a portfolio of over 1,000 MW, the majority of the company’s projects are with creditworthy customers backed by the sovereign Government of India.