Azure Power has submitted the lowest bid of INR3.14 (US$0.048) in a 250MW solar auction under the Domestic Content Requirement (DCR) held by Indian utility NTPC.

The project, for which PV equipment must be sourced locally, can be set up anywhere in India, but developers are liable to identify land and transmission themselves.

Vinay Rustagi, managing director, Bridge to India, told PV Tech: “This is probably the last DCR based project development tender. There was relatively much less competition because of challenges in procuring domestic modules within a tight timeline (revised subsequently to 12 months), no solar park availability and inter-state open access power transmission. The winning tariff, although 29% higher than the lowest tariff of 2.44 seen so far, is still fairly aggressive bearing in mind these challenges and higher capital cost.”

The DCR policy is due to come to an end on 14 December this year after the WTO ruled against it.

The bidders in this local content auction were as follows:

Developer Tariff (INR/kWh) Capacity (MW)
Azure Power 3.14 250
ReNew Power 3.15 150
Waaree Energies 3.94 25
Mahoba Solar 4.44 250
Canadian Solar 4.95 100

Azure Power also turned heads in September when it won 260MW of projects in a Gujarat solar auction with a price of INR2.67/kWh (US$0.041).

The firm has also won a range of rooftop projects of late for Ministry buidings and Railway infrastructure.

Article Revised: references to 3-month commissioning deadline removed.

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