Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) has awarded a contract for setting up a 100 MW (AC) solar with 40 MW/120 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project to be set up at Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh.
As one of the largest grid-connected BESS projects in the country, the project will demonstrate how, by using an extensive battery storage system like BESS, solar power can be used to provide clean solar energy during evening peak hours.
The contract has been awarded to M/s Tata Power Solar Systems Ltd.
“The project, supported by the World Bank, SECI’s internal resources and domestic loans, is key to a line of innovative Renewable Energy (RE) projects planned by SECI. This is expected to boost market confidence and catalyze further investments in the sector to enable India achieve its commitments towards a Net-Zero economy,” the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy said.
The contract was signed by officials of Tata Power and SECI in the presence of Suman Sharma, Managing Director, SECI, as well as directors and senior officials of SECI and World Bank officials.
Speaking on occasion, Suman Sharma said that this would further push to achieving India’s Climate commitments. “We will work together to make RE the mainstay of our energy production,” she added.
Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a schedule-A CPSE under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, is engaged in promoting and developing various RE resources, especially solar and wind energy, RE-based storage systems, floating solar, trading power, consultancy as well as emerging areas such as green Hydrogen, green Ammonia, Waste to Energy, RE-powered electric vehicles, etc.
SECI is an implementing agency for many RE schemes of the Government of India, such as Viability Gap Funding schemes, tariff-based tenders for the development of RE projects, solar parks etc.