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In a recent auction conducted by REC Power Development and Consultancy (RECPDCL) in India, Juniper Green Energy and Avaada Energy emerged victorious in securing bids for 100 MW of inter-state transmission system (ISTS)-connected wind power projects. The tender, initiated in July, witnessed Juniper clinching 50 MW at a rate of ₹3.58/kWh, while Avaada secured the remaining 50 MW at ₹3.59/kWh.
These wind power projects fall under the Ministry of Power’s initiative for flexibility in the generation and scheduling of thermal/hydropower stations. Developers, Juniper and Avaada, will adopt a build-own-operate model and shoulder the responsibility of establishing a dedicated transmission network to the interconnection point at their own expense. The prescribed minimum voltage for the ISTS interconnection stands at 220 kV.
Commissioning is mandated within 18 months of signing the power purchase agreement. Notably, if the thermal generator fails to replace thermal power, the flexibility program allows for the wind power to be sold in exchanges by DVC.
To ensure the use of established technologies and minimize risks, only commercially proven and operational technologies are permitted for these projects. Wind turbine models must align with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy’s Revised List of Models and Manufacturers. The projects must maintain a declared capacity utilization factor of not less than 22%, with the developer committed to sustaining generation levels to achieve an annual CUF between 80% and 120% during the power purchase agreement term.
It’s worth noting that the tender excludes consideration for already commissioned projects, while projects under construction or yet to be commissioned will be evaluated unless accepted under other central or state programs.