Solar Energy Corporation of India Limited (SECI) has issued a tender for setting up 500 MW/1000 MWh standalone battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the country.
This is a first-of-its-kind tender in the country, and will provide discoms with storage facilities to be used on an on-demand basis. The tender has been issued under the standard bidding guidelines issued by the Ministry of Power in March 2022. The total capacity to be set up under the request for solution is 1,000 MWh (500 MW x 2hrs), which will constitute two projects of 500 MWh (250 MW x 2 hours) capacity each. The projects will be installed in the vicinity of theFatehgarh-III grid-substation of the inter-state transmission system network, in Rajasthan. The buying entities will be offered the storage capacity to charge and discharge the same daily through renewable energy power, as per their energy shifting requirements. The projects will be set up on a build-own-operate basis, with the connectivity and necessary permissions being under the scope of the project developer. Land for the projects will be provided by the central transmission utility to the developers on a right-to-use basis. The tender marks the first tranche of the government’s immediate target of setting up 4,000 MWh of battery storage capacity as part of achieving increased penetration of renewable energy in the national grid.