Gujarat Solar Auction Sees Aggressive Bidding; UPC Offers Lowest Tariff of Rs 2.55 Per Unit

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UPC Energy Group, Adani Green Energy, ReNew Power and Orange Renewables are among the winners in Gujarat’s 500 MW solar auction.

 Gujarat Urja Vikas Vigam Ltd (GUVNL)’s latest solar auction witnessed an aggressive bidding on Tuesday, with developers offering lower tariffs in their bid to secure the 500 MW solar tender.

US-based UPC Energy Group secured 50 MW at Rs 2.55 per unit, which was the lowest tariff in the auction, ET reported.

Adani Green Energy, ReNew Power and Orange Renewables are among the other winners.

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Gujarat’s own public sector company Gujarat State Electricity Corporation Ltd, and Adani Green Energy won 75 MW and 150 MW respectively at Rs 2.67 per unit. Orange Renewable and ReNew Power won 120 MW and 105 MW at Rs 2.67 and Rs 2.68 in the auction.

Some consider these tariffs to be pretty low, particularly for a 50 MW project, as the low tariffs discovered so far have been for large-scale projects.

Previous auctions conducted by GUVNL

The previous auction of 500 MW of solar capacity held by GUVNL in September last year had seen a winning tariff at Rs 2.44 per unit. However, a developer told the daily that this was too low, and banks are not lending at these low tariffs.

GUVNL had cancelled the results of a 700 MW solar auction held in December because it felt the winning tariffs were too high at Rs 2.84 per unit.

According to industry experts, the higher tariff was because of the condition set by the state that projects should be located at a solar park, where charges are usually high.

The discom had also cancelled the auction it held in March as it felt that the winning tariffs too were high at Rs 2.98-3.06.

 

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