India : Guidelines Released for Round-the-Clock Procurement of Renewables with Thermal Power

The Ministry of Power (MoP) has issued guidelines for the procurement of round-the-clock (RTC) power from grid-connected renewable projects complemented with power from thermal power projects.

According to the notification, the generator should supply renewable energy power complemented with thermal power in a round-the-clock manner, maintaining 85% availability during the peak hours. At least 51% of the annual energy offered should correspond to renewable power, and the balance should be offered from thermal sources. The generator can combine storage for maintaining the minimum annual availability of 85%. The bidders should quote a single composite tariff for renewable energy, complemented with thermal energy. The minimum amount of power that can be offered is 250 MW. Since a bidder can tie-up with more than one thermal project for his renewable energy project, thermal capacities even much smaller than 250 MW can be utilized.

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