Prospective solar module manufacturers have been invited by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) through an Expression of Interest (EoI) to set up manufacturing facilities within the next three years. The total capacity is going to be 20 GW and the manufacturers are required to submit the EoI on or before the 11th of January, 2018.
Once the selection is done, manufacturers will be provided assured solar projects that they can develop in phases. SECI will float an open tender to decide how much solar power capacity will be allocated to each manufacturer. Manufacturers have to be willing to set up vertically integrated solar PV module manufacturing facility including solar cells, ingots and wafers. In the first phase, manufacturing capacity for modules and cells are to be set up within 12 months; and facilities to manufacture wafers and ingots need to be set up within 18 months.
Recently, a clean energy rollout trajectory has been disclosed by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) which requires solar power projects of 77 GW capacity to be installed by 2020 with an investment of about 54.56 billion dollars. They also intent to launch a programme where Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) will be allocated to manufacturers for 20 years on an open-tender basis.