India’s single-biggest solar power tender in Tamil Nadu gets lukewarm response

Indian businesses, which rushed eagerly to subscribe to bids under the Centre’s flagship solar power scheme last year, have been lukewarm to Tamil Nadu’s tender for 1,000 megawatts of power, also India’s single-biggest solar tender.

The southern Indian state received bids for only a little less than 500 megawatts. Power-starved Tamil Nadu is betting big on solar, with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa drawing up an ambitious plan to add 3,000 megawatts through this route by 2015.

Narasimhan Santhanam, Co-founder & Director of consultancy Energy Alternatives India, said the absence of players such as Tata Solar and Moser Baer from the process was notable.


Sun Edison has submitted bids for 50 MW so far in 4 separate bids. Some other companies include Waaree – 10 MW, SWELECT – 10 MW, ILFS – 30 MW, GR Thangamaligai – 15 MW, Welspun – 30 MW, Lanco – 25 MW and Swiss Park Vanijya – 25 MW.

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