The Jharkhand Renewable Energy Development Agency (JREDA) has launched the request for proposal (RFP) to procure solar power from grid-connected plants in order to reduce the state’s dependency on fossil fuel based generation.

The state’s distribution company Jharkhand Bijli Vitran Nigam will buy the solar energy generated at the projects, under 25-year power purchase agreements (PPA).

Of the proposed solar capacity, around 1GW has been allocated for projects with capacities ranging between 26MW and 500MW. The projects must enter into service within 18 months after signing PPA.

The remaining 200MW of projects will be given 13 months of time to become operational.

The projects may feature either crystalline silicon or thin film or concentrating photovoltaics, with or without trackers.

Interested private companies are required to submit applications for the solar power tender from 12 January 2016.

The auction follows a similar tender launched by the state of Karnataka for 1.2GW of ground-mount solar projects across the state’s 60 taluks.

The Government of India is planning to install 100GW of solar capacity by 2022, in a bid to reduce its reliance on coal to generate electricity and combat climate change.

Image: Jharkhand invites bids for the construction of 1.2GW of solar projects.. Photo: courtesy of graur codrin / FreeDigitalPhotos.net.