Andhra Pradesh state government accepts SECI’s solar power offer

The Andhra Pradesh cabinet has accepted the central government’s offer to supply solar power to the state. The Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) had recently offered to supply 9,000 megawatt (MW) solar power to the state which will help the agriculture sector get quality and uninterrupted power.

It suggested that the state need not establish the solar power plant, and can instead buy power from SECI. The state cabinet has accepted that proposal and has decided to supply power to farmers at Rs 2.49 per unit.

The SECI said it would be able to give 3,000 MW power by 2024 and 9,000 MW by 2026. Earlier SECI had awarded the contract for 12,000 MW of solar power projects in tranches of 3,000 MW each, with the first tranche commercial operation expected to begin in September 2023.

The AP Green Energy Corporation Limited proposed to take up 10,000 MW of solar power generation in collaboration with private producers to meet the energy requirements of the farm sector. It initially called bids for 6,400 MW plants and finalised bids for 5,800 MW in February this year. However, the project could not move ahead as it was stuck in a legal tangle.

Against this backdrop, the SECI came up with the offer to supply 9,000 MW of solar power that “would be an apt and befitting alternative to the state’s tender” and “achieve all the objectives, including costs, and also be cheaper”.

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